May 2009

egov 5 hurdles: May2009

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The journey of e-Governance in India has not been smooth. It has seen it's ups and downs in states and at the central level. We identify the 5 key hurdles in e-Governance implementation in the country.

Corruption

One of the main aims of e-Governance is to provide good governance. And one of the most important aspects in that becomes to cut through the web of corruption. India has slipped further in the global corruption perception index released annually by corruption watchdog Transparency International. In world rankings, India came down from 72nd to 85th slot in a list of 180 countries, according to the 2008 report.

ICT Infrastructure

There is a huge ICT infrastructure gap existing in the country. Our educational institutions, health centres, government offices, especially in the rural areas, are still not among each other and with each other. The public access to ICTs through telecentres is still at a nascent stage in the country. Although, things have rapidly changed in last five years due to the mobile revolution, there is a long way to go in terms of broadband penetration in the semi-urban and rural areas of the country.

 

Political Will

Chandrbabu Naidu, S M Krishna, Narendra Modi

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