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The Idea Behind e-Haryana

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egovVivek Atray,
Additional Secretary, Electronics & IT Department, Government of Haryana; Managing Director, Haryana State, Electronics Development Corporation (HARTRON)

The e-Haryana event will lead to exchange of knowledge on the critical area of e-Governance. It will serve as an ideal opportunity for all of us to come together and discuss how we can improve governance through better use of Information Technology. Key stakeholders in e-Governance will arrive from all parts of the country and they will contribute to the exchange of knowledge. We will learn about many new ideas in e-Governance that have already been implemented in other states. These can be replicated in Haryana. The ideas that have already taken root in Haryana can be replicated in other states. At the e-Haryana event we will be having an interesting mix of key officials from the Ministry of Communication and IT (Government of India); IT Secretaries and other officials from different states; members of various e-Governance agencies; and officials from other government departments. Executives from major Information Technology companies will also be there to showcase the advances that are being made in the field of Information Technology.

Infrastructural Development  
 HARTRON offers its expertise both in Infrastructural Development as well as in Project Promotion. The Electronic City in Gurgaon is one such example wherein the Corporation has built Independent shed, flatted factory modules, etc. Independent Sheds: The Corporation has constructed Independent shed in Electronics City, Gurgaon on an area of about 4.1 acres comprising of 31 nos. of ‘A’ type and 34 nos. of ‘B’ type. All these Sheds have been allotted to the entrepreneurs as per the Industrial Policy of the State and many renowned companies are operating from these sheds. Flatted Factory Complex/ Modules: A Complex consisting of Flatted Factory Modules was constructed on an area of about 1.2 acres in Electronics City, Gurgaon to further boost the IT Industry in Gurgaon region. Also STP has been established to provide High Speed Communication Facility to the industry in the vicinity using Earth Station at Nodia. The Corporation has been leasing out available built-up space to the interested entrepreneurs for setting up their IT/ITES units in the complex. The complex houses many big names in the IT industry. As a result of this, Haryana has the best IT industry in Gurgaon, which has emerged as the favourite destination for IT /ITES companies. Some of the leading companies which have already made their base in and around Gurgaon include Microsoft, Alcatel, Wipro, TCS, Aricent, IBM, Genpact, American Express, GE-Capital, Convergys, Motorola, Nokia, Ericsson, HCL, Sapient, Polaris, Hero Minds, etc.

Role of private companies in e-Governance
It is envisaged that the e-Haryana event will lead to a healthy interaction between the government departments and the private companies. After all, the greatest good of greatest number of people can only be achieved when the government organizations join hands with private companies for development of new initiatives for improving the general quality of life. e-Governance is today recognized as an important way for bringing transparency and efficiency into the system of governance. The common citizens are responding very well to e-Governance initiatives that have already been launched. The truth is that today people are demanding even better e-Governance initiatives. The government departments have no alternatives, except to pay heed to what the people want and need. A symbiotic relationship between government departments and private companies is a must for development of better e-Governance systems. In our society, everyone has a role to play – the role of the private sector is to maximise profit and the role of the government is to deliver services to the public. Ultimately we are all citizens of this country and all of us benefit when government implements new ICT initiatives. It is a matter of satisfaction for us that e-Governance has now attained a wide degree of acceptability. The process of evolution of e-Governance in the country has become even more democratised, as the demand for new initiatives is coming from the grassroots. However, it is also true that e-Governance is a challenge for all the stakeholders. The process for development of new systems is very complex, tedious and time-consuming. So replication becomes important. The success the nation has had lately in the e-Governance space is also due to the drive towards replication of successful models.

About HARTRON
 Haryana State Electronics Development Corporation or HARTRON started working independently with effect from 1st Jan, 1983, after the organisation was bifurcated from Haryana State Industrial & Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (HSIIDC). The Corporation has been a pioneer in Information Technology and has a number of prestigious projects to its credit. HARTRON is the first organisation that undertook the Voter Identity Cards Projects in India. The identity cards project was the largest database application in India, wherein the details of voters were to be maintained along with their photographs. The project was executed with the highest accuracy of 98 percent in India, which is a record. HARTRON draws its efficacy from the fact that we understand the important role that information technology can play in transforming governance and improving the quality of people’s lives. The organisation is powered by a team of highly qualified professionals who have experience in the core technologies like GUI based Development, Image Processing, Data Ware Housing and Web enabled development.

Fostering better understanding
We in Haryana government realize that now it is the time to use Information Technology for bringing about further improvements in the quality of services that are being delivered to the people. We should not focus on delivering just the minimum level of services; the focus should be on making a citizen’s interaction with the government departments truly delightful. We should not only deliver a hassle-free experience but also pave way for a two-way engagement of the Government with the Citizens. I would also like to inform the readers of eGov magazine that a large numbers of e-Governance initiatives have been launched in Haryana to make crucial government services available to the citizens in an easy and transparent manner. The State recognises the importance of IT and that is why we are now keen to develop even better e-Governance systems for public benefit. The e-Haryana event will enable the government officials to gain a better insight on the power of Information Technology. The ICTs can only prove to be truly transformative in the governance space, when there is better awareness and understanding of their role in the achievement of sustainable development goals. Such awareness and understanding is along with their photographs. The project was executed with the highest accuracy of 98 percent in India, which is a record. HARTRON draws its efficacy from the fact that we understand the important role that information technology can play in transforming governance and improving the quality of people’s lives. The organisation is powered by a team of highly qualified professionals who have experience in the core technologies like GUI based Development, Image Processing, Data Ware Housing and Web enabled development. particularly necessary among policy and decision makers. Those who are playing a key role in governance should have a view on the potential and risks involved in the use of ICTs within specific development settings. They must have the knowledge of the enabling environment required for the implementation of ICT solutions in areas like regulations, standards, financial, institutional and human resources etc. Hopefully, the ideas that come out of e-Haryana will serve as a platform for development of better governance models throughout the country. As the cities keep growing, problems of pollution, traffic, garbage collection, municipal services, etc., become more acute. Innovative usage of ICT is important to deliver world class services to the growing urban population. These are the problems that can only be solved through the implementation of proper e-Governance ideas.

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