During the last few decades, we have witnessed a significant change in the expectations that people have from Government departments. People today expect faster, better and more transparent services, which in my opinion is a very a good development. A citizenry that is demanding government services helps in keeping the officialdom on its toes and thereby leads to better outcomes for the society as a whole. However, this also leads to increased pressure on the government departments for improving the quality of service delivery. Fortunately today we have access to a range of IT solutions, which make it possible for the Government to bring improvement in the quality of the services that it provides.
The Government of Uttar Pradesh has taken many important steps towards using Information Technology for improving the efficiency and transparency of various departments. The ambit of e-Governance has been expanded to most of the departments that have a substantial public interface. A range of services are being provided to people in rural and urban areas through Internet-enabled Common Service Centres. The State Government also realises that the vision of e-Governance in Uttar Pradesh can only be realised when there is growth in Information Technology industry in the State. With the objective of enabling the Information Technology industry to grow and flourish, the Government of Uttar Pradesh has developed its new IT Policy 2012.
The State Government intends to encourage investment in IT/ITeS industries and skill enhancement of the youth specializing in IT/ITeS. The idea is to ensure that the citizens of Uttar Pradesh reap the benefits of development. I am glad to point out that today Lucknow is ranked among the top 10 cities among the cities in India for fastest job creation. It has also emerged as a “Science City”, with numerous national level laboratories, premier medical colleges, universities along with engineering and management institutes being located here. Agra also has emerged as preferred investment location by leading industrial houses recently. It has stood apart as premier tourist destination with its world class infrastructure and proximity to IT hubs like Noida and Gurgaon.
I would like to emphasise that Uttar Pradesh has an immense potential to emerge as one of the most economically developed states in the country. The e-UttarPradesh event is recognition of the fact that the State is now encouraging and inviting private investments in knowledge based industries. The current issue of eGov magazine is a special issue on Uttar Pradesh. It has the coverage of the initiatives that are being taken in the area of Information Technology by different departments in the State Government. I hope that you will find this issue of magazine, which has been created by the editorial team of eGov, to be informative and evocative.
Principal Secretary, Information Technology &
Electronics, Mining & Additional Sources of Energy,
Government of Uttar Pradesh