April 2012

Exciting Times Ahead

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We are witnessing the deployment of ICT on a truly massive scale in the country.  The government has made large investments in a number of e-Governance projects. The National Population Register project, which would be the largest such exercise to be undertaken anywhere in the world is being handled by the office of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India, who has also been designated as the Registrar of Citizens. In an exclusive interview, Dr C Chandramouli discusses features of the NPR project and also dispels some myths regarding apparent conflicts between the UID project and the NPR. This year’s Union Budget has also increased outlays on a number of e-Governance schemes. In addition, the Finance Minister has set himself a target of reforming the subsidy system of the country on the lines suggested by a task force headed by Nandan Nilekani. The roadmap for this envisages establishing an Aadhar-based backbone – an initiative that would further entrench e-Governance in the country and present exciting opportunities for ICT companies.

Police modernisation is another area which is seeing massive investments. The Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) project is expected to introduce huge synergies in the way police forces across the country operate. We present views from some leaders implementing police modernisation in a number of states.

The issue also contains interactions with a number of industry leaders on the applications of biometrics in different areas of governance. We also bring to you interviews with an unprecedented six state Secretaries, who discuss the e-Governance scenario and how their states are deploying biometrics.

For eight years now, egov has been in the forefront, highlighting e-Governance projects and the impact they have had on the ground. Continuing with this mission, we would be bringing to you three conferences covering all dimensions of e-Governance. The eMaharashtra Convention on April 27 at Mumbai would focus on e-Governance in Maharashtra while eWorld Forum on June 15 and 16 will put a global highlight on issues. India’s largest ICT event eINDIA will this year be held in the very cradle of Indian ICT industry – the picturesque Karnataka capital of Bengaluru on November 7-9. While we discuss issues of importance to e-Governance with thought leaders and domain experts at these conventions, we would also be honouring excellence and innovation through awards. All of us at egov and Elets Technomedia extend a warm invitation for you to come and join us at these conventions, and experience e-Governance first hand.

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