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Beginning of a New Start

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Ravi-GuptaChange is the law of nature, and it is beyond human to interfere with the eternal rule. However, what remains within our limits is to give this process of change the shape of evolution — process of evolution. And, that is what eGov magazine has done over the past decade: governments came and went by, but we stayed focussed to the idea of ‘good governance’ through eGovernance…

Although the idea of eGovernance has been there since ages, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi took over the reins of the NDA Government last year, it got the much-awaited push.Determined to reach citizen-centric services efficiently and with accountability, the new government spelt out its agenda for reforms in governance, with the Digital India vision being one of its prime focus areas.

There have been twists and turns in the way successive governments handled the idea of eGovernance, but we, in our own small way, kept contributing to the cause; we interacted with the stakeholders, put forth our views and listened to theirs, differed over the unfeasible and hailed what needed to be lauded.

The year 2014 proved to be a significant year also with regard to financial inclusion initiative in the country. The idea may have been floated way back in 2005 by RBI, when it urged banks to review their existing practices to align them with the objective of financial inclusion, but it had failed to move beyond being a popular rhetoric. With a view to bringing the excluded sections of the society in the financial mainstream and achieving the goal of comprehensive financial inclusion, the government launched the Pradhan Mantri Jan – Dhan Yojana programme. By linking the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) facility and the provision of insurance cover for the account holders, the government has tried to ensure that more and more people get attracted to the programme.

As a brand new year unfolds, we assure our readers that eGov magazine will continue to act as a watchdog and custodian of good governance, and keep doing its bit to promote eGovernance through constructive ideas as well positive criticism.

Wish you a Happy & Prosperous New Year – 2015!

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