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e-Governance Conference in India calls for PPP

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The three-day ninth National e-Governance Conference last week recommended higher adoption of public private partnerships (PPP) and amendment to the sections on e-Governance in the Information Technology Act. The conference, attended by heads of State IT departments and representatives from IT majors, also wanted legislative changes to boost the PPPs, besides urging the Government to evolve a policy on user charges.

The Union Government was planning to launch IT-enabled service delivery centres in one lakh villages in the next four years, envisaging an investment of Rs 6,000 crore, he said briefing on the NeGP. Kerala Governor R.L. Bhatia in this context said the e-Governance index of the country was very poor, ranking 37th among the 133 nations, despite having a high number of IT professionals working in and outside. Meanwhile, the spread of information technology has added to the propagation of administrative policies and practices through different portals. The conference with the theme of `collaborate, replicate and extend the reach' took stock of the present status of the e-Governance besides, sharing the sucessful projects between the States. The Governor also presented awards under the 25 categories of the national e-Governance and also to the winners in the national-level essay contest for students.

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