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UP (India) lags behind in e-district project

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Uttar Pradesh is still far behind in the implementation of the centrally sponsored INR 18.91 crore e-district project drawn up for six districts in the first phase.

The project was launched on September 1, 2007 but still it is in non-starter stage in the districts of Ghaziabad, Gautam Buddh Nagar (NOIDA), Sitapur, Rae Bareli, Sultanpur and Gorakhpur. The project's implementation period is one year which ends on August 31, 2008. Based on this, the project would be extended to the entire state. The US based agency Water House Coopers for Ghaziabad and NOIDA, Wipro for Sitapur and Rae Bareli and 3i-Infotech for Sultanpur and Gorakhpur districts. The project, which is part of the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP), is meant to link villages with Internet and make them self-sustainable in catering to the needs of villagers. Initially, ten selected services have been included on the schedule of e-District project. These services include FIR status, character verification, certificates of birth, death, castes, income, residence, handicap, electoral services, case listing, cause list generation, progress tracking in the court cases, final issuance of court orders, employment services, national rural employment guarantee programme and registration in employment exchange, besides RTI application for all departments, house tax, property tax, dues and recovery and grievances.

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