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UTTARAKHAND’S TRYST WITH eGOVERNANCE

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Harish RawatChief Minister,Uttarakhand

July Issue

At “eUttarakhand Summit”, jointly organised by the Uttarakhand Government and Elets Technomedia Pvt Ltd on June 27 last year, Chief Minister Harish Rawat announced making majority of the government departments paperless, so as to enable people availing key services at the click of a mouse, and his plans are well on track, writes Vishwas Dass of Elets News Network (ENN)

Uttarakhand, also known as ‘Dev Bhoomi’, has over the years evolved as a preferred IT investment destination because of strong government support and innovative strategies taken up by an efficient army of bureaucrats, under the supervision of Chief Minister Harish Rawat.

Uttarakhand, which was carved out of Uttar Pradesh on November 9, 2000, has encountered numerous natural and manmade disasters, and successfully managed itself to emerge as one of the favourite investment destinations in the country.Uttarakhand, which was carved out of Uttar Pradesh on November 9, 2000, has encountered numerous natural and manmade disasters, and successfully managed itself to emerge as one of the favourite investment destinations in the country.

Recently, the Uttarakhand Government signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the International Oil Company (IOC) UAE and Kabul, and Nuwam Limited Hongkong at Uttarakhand Sadan to give fillip to infrastructural development, including power and solar energy.

According to the agreement, an investment of USD 500 million would be made by the firm in Uttarakhand on strengthening petroleum plants and commissioning LPG gas units in different cities, creating infrastructure like building roads, tunnels, elevated roads in Chamoli, Rudraprayag, Gairsain and Pithoragarh districts. The UAE Chairman of the International Oil Company Faizal Ahmad had earlier called on Chief Minister Harish Rawat at his residence and promised to strengthen infrastructural growth of the State.

After their meeting, the Chief Minister briefed media persons that the company would provide technical expertise to the Uttarakhand Government to execute key infrastructure projects in the State. “It is certainly going to give an impetus to the State’s economy,” Rawat remarked.

The Uttarakhand Chief Minister has taken numerous IT initiatives, including commissioning of 150 Dev Bhoomi Jan Seva Kendra, under the Government to Citizen (G2C) programme. Issuance of online registration of birth and death certificates, increasing Internet bandwidth by 2.5 times between the State headquarters and district headquarters through State Wide Area Network (SWAN) and plan to develop State’s second airport at Pantnagar, among many key initiatives, are high on the agenda of the State Government. Apart from that, at least 1,000 more such Jan Seva Kendras would be thrown open across the State.

The Uttarakhand Government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the International Oil Company (IOC) UAE and Kabul, and Nuwam Limited Hongkong at Uttarakhand Sadan to give fillip to infrastructural development, including power and solar energy

Rawat, during “eUttarakhand Summit”, which was jointly organised by the Uttarakhand Government and Elets Technomedia Pvt Ltd on June 27 last year, announced making majority of the government departments paperless so as to enable people availing key services at the click of a mouse.

Besides this, the Chief Minister also laid emphasis on having surplus electricity, qualified manpower and providing cheap power to the industries setting up industrial units in the State. The Uttarakhand Government is also mulling to provide free Wi-Fi connectivity to all “Snan Ghats” in Haridwar before the Ardha Kumbh festival kicks off. Wi-Fi facility would also be provided at the tourist destinations like Mussoorie, Nainital and Ranikhet in order to woo domestic as well as foreign tourists.

Not just that, a few state establishments, including the Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority (MMDA), have become country’s first government agencies to have adapted digitisation in toto. MDDA has made building plan approval process completely online. This has enabled people living outside Uttarakhand to get their building plans approved without any need of turning up at the MMDA office.

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