Union minister for communications and information technology, Dayanidhi Maran emphasised the extensive use of ICTs in day-to-day management of urban local bodies to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of their operations.
He said,”ICTs have aparticulrly vital role to play in transforming the interface between governments and the citizens they serve, particularly in urban agglomerations.” Mr Maran said that e-governance programmes should be stabilised, enhanced and spread to overcome the increasing digital divide between municipal bodies across the country and speed up proliferation of the successes. A number of municipal corporations, particularly in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat have successfully implemented e-Governance programmes. An e-governace action plan has been included in the top 10 priorities of his Ministry. It envisages several mission mode projecvts focussed on improving service delivery to citizens and businesses.