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Odisha to allocate 2% of annual budget for eGovernance

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in-OrissaThe Odisha Government has decided to allocate two per cent of the annual plan budget of different departments to offer services to the citizens on electronic platform.

As per one of the officials, the intention to utilise eGovernance as a tool is to bring in transparency, responsiveness and accountability in governance. The Government, after careful consideration, has decided that all government departments will earmark two per cent of their annual plan budget or one per cent of their overall budget (whichever is more), for IT spending to provide services through the electronic mode. The decision to keep funds is in line with the promise made in the State Information and Communication Technology (ICT) policy-2014. According to the policy, the State Government will initiate eGovernance in every department so that the citizens could avail most of the services without facing any troubles.

The total amount to be spent by the government departments for providing public services on electronic platform would be Rs 800 crore annually, sources said.

The resolution requires the departments to publish their annual eGovernance action plan, monthly e-transactions and milestones containing details of investment planned in the IT infrastructure, application development, business process re-engineering, capacity building of the personnel at various levels, in order to make the department’s initiatives viable.

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