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The eGov that was and the eGov that will be…

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The eGov magazine is delighted to bring you its 75th Platinum issue, which celebrates the very exciting journey of eGov over the past 75 months. The eGov magazine started as a mission to build a bridge of communication gap between the various stakeholders within government, private, civil society and academia, working towards ICT initiatives in the area of Governance. In 2005, when we started the eGov magazine, India was avidly talked, in the international communities, as a land of ‘pilots’ and satirically a ‘graveyard’ for e-Governance projects. We thereby saw an immense need to create a platform where these ‘pilots’ and the ‘champions’, who were leading them can come together to discuss the challenges and opportunities they were facing with the wider world inside and outside their respective ecosystems.

To say the least, this journey of 75 months has been an amazing one for us. We have ended up creating an incredible community of national and international experts, practitioners and analysts on the multifarious issues of e-governance. We have built a phenomenal knowledge base by carrying out interviews, features, news and views on the myriad issues of e-governance. In these 75 months, we also ended up creating the eIndia and eAsia conferences, duly known for their size and impact. In order to celebrate the 75 months of our inception, we are organising eWorld Forum in August 2011 in New Delhi, which will be a global forum for knowledge sharing in e-Governance.

To the best of our knowledge, eGov has become the first monthly print magazine on e-Governance in whole of Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa to have achieved the feat of bringing out 75 issues of uninterrupted publishing month by month on a regular basis till now. It gives us a sense of immense pride that eGov magazine contributed in some way to have made a mark in the global e-Governance arena.

With the voice against corruption getting louder and louder, there is an inherent inkling in the government to use ICTs more and more to make public service delivery hassle and corruption free as much as possible. There is whole new generation of officers in the government, who have no aversion to ICTs and who are championing e-Governance at various levels in the government. The initiation of large projects like UID, e-passport, MCA 21, APDRP, e-district etc is giving a new life to e-Governance in the country. This is good news. The other good news is that with more than 800 million mobile connections, the country is now connected by cell phones in a big way. Both urban and rural areas are growing in mobile phone adoption at an amazing pace. This has considerably reduced the problem of digital literacy and connectivity.  We are excited to take on the future and are geared up to work towards the empowerment of effective governance through e-governance in this country.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my colleagues, who worked at the eGov magazine and took it to great heights. I would also like to thank the people in the industry, who took time to encourage us both morally and through supporting us through advertisements and sponsorships of our events. Also, we would be failing in duty if we don’t acknowledge the government organisations, who have supported us in all our endeavors.

We look forward to the path of next 75 months and beyond with all eagerness and excitement. We remain committed to inform and update you month by month on the exciting arena of e-Governance.
Looking forward to your continued support in this life changing journey…

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