It was 15th November, year 2000. A new state was born; the state of Jharkhand. In the land of great Bhagwan Birsa Munda a new chapter of history was rewritten. Jharkhand is famous for its rich mineral resources like Coal, Iron, Copper, Uranium, etc. Also the state is gifted with rich occupancy of forest land.
Being mineral rich state, Jharkhand has got immense potential for industry and other allied sectors. However, there are a few problems too. Reaching out and providing services to the people living in the remote areas is a major challenge in the state.
In this scenario, e-Governance can play a major role towards facilitating citizen centric service delivery. Jharkhand even with its many constraints, is showing the way in the field of e-Governance. In the area of SWAN, SDC or CSC, Jharkhand is ahead of many states in the country. The state has successfully implementing all these initiatives.
After the first phase of successful implementation of various e-Governance initiatives, the state has taken a big leap in the implementation of Aadhar based service delivery system. Departments like energy, registration, revenue, food & public distribution, welfare, commercial taxes are banking heavily on Aadhar linked delivery of services. Apart from these, initiatives like e-Kalyan or SMS based alert system for the farmers are being implemented in fast pace mode in Jharkhand. Experts opine that it is a big thing for the state of Jharkhand to go ahead with e-governance initiatives in such a rapid pace.
On the other hand, when we talk about the ICT industry, we know that it is still in nascent stage. But the state government is active and it provides congenial ground for flourish of IT industry in the state, paving the way for startup companies and SMEs to become part of the innovation in e-Governance in Jharkhand.
In this scenario e-Jharkhand event is being organized in Ranchi on 22nd February. It aims to promote not only the potential of Jharkhand to become IT investment destination, but also to showcase its various initiatives in the field of e-Governance. This special issue of the eGov magazine highlights e-Governance initiatives that are being undertaken in the State of Jharkhand through a series of interviews and articles.
eGov is trying to spread the message of good governance across all states and these events are an endeavor to create platforms for sharing immense knowledge and experience being generated in this emerging sector. We hope that the experience will be an enlightening one.