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India: DIT plans to launch campaign for e-Governance project

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The Department of Information Technology (DIT) is planning to launch a high-pitched awareness campaign for its INR 230 billion e-Governance project. The DIT has earmarked INR 0.15 billion for the campaign, which is likely to be launched around November 2008.

Under the e-governance project, the government is trying to bring many services to the doorsteps of the masses. Under the e-governance plan, around 1 lakh Common Service Centres (CSC) have been proposed, which will provide e-governance services in the country's far flung areas. So far the government has implemented around 12,000 CSCs in eight states. Apart from educating the masses about technology, the campaign will generate demand for the services. The national e-Governance plan would include services like road transport, land records, commercial taxes, employment exchanges, agriculture, civil supplies, treasuries, land registration, policy and education at the state level. At the central level it will cover areas such as insurance, central excise, National ID, pensions, e-passports, banking, passport, visa and income tax.

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