March 2009

Centre of e-Governance opens in DIT

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The Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology, A Raja inaugurating the upgraded e-Governance Centre of the Department of Information Technology, in New Delhi.

Centre of e-Governance opens in DIT

A Centre of e-Governance (CeG) has come up in capital New Delhi to disseminate awareness about e-Governance initiatives in the country. The upgraded centre was opened  by the Minister for Communications & Information Technology, Thiru A. Raja in the premises of the Department of Information Technology, the Electronic Niketan. Minister of State for Communications & IT,  Jyotiraditya M. Scindia was also present on the occasion. The CeG enhancement plan is a part of the “Awareness and Communication ” activity under NeGP and seeks to bring the achievements under NeGP under one umbrella for the information of citizens. The Centre will provide the visitor an opportunity to experience different e-services as well as digitally record his / her impressions of the CeG.

Raja informed that out of the projected outlay of Rs 20,175 Crore for the proposed 27 Mission Mode Projects (MMPs) under the National e-Governance Programme (NeGP), Rs 10,622 Crore has already been sanctioned for 16 MMPs.  Scindia announced that the Centre will provide easy access to visitors.

The Centre of e-Governance provides a  platform for wider dissemination of awareness regarding successful e-Governance initiatives in the country as well as the roadmap for implementation of e-Governance. CeG will also undertake hosting of important Seminars/ Conferences and other similar awareness programmes to reach out to the common man.

The CeG showcases applications, demonstrations and presentations that reflect the progress achieved in the implementation and usage of e-Governance. It covers successful and high impact e-Gov applications and content based on improved citizen service delivery, innovativeness, cost effectiveness and overall impact in fulfilling developmental objectives of the government. Also displayed are various social sector initiatives relating to health and education. Aesthetically designed with hi-tech display systems and visitor-friendly functionality with kiosks that offer demonstration of e-services to the cognoscenti as well as the curious citizen, the Ce-G represents the promise of making technology relevant to the ‘common man’.

State-of-the-Art display formats, Internet-enabled conference areas, arrangements for an extensive digital library, spruced-up video conferencing facilities as well as a conference hall are some of the impressive features. Bilingual messages and simple bench-type seating seeks to reassure the rural visitors when they view films on a large video wall.

Common citizens, students, policymakers, strategists, experts, and media persons from all over the world frequent the Centre for e-Governance to learn and to share experiences and insights on e-Governance. The redesigned and refurbished CeG is expected to gain the stature of a global reference point and will serve the twin purposes of educating and awareness building.

The Centre will promote and demonstrate e-Governance concepts, showcase the achievements and build a world-class repository and knowledge system for e-Governance. While advances in technology appear exciting, they become relevant to e-Governance only after they pass the test of mass applicability.

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