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Law to Make Electronic Service Delivery Compulsory

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All central government organisations and departments in the country will soon switch to e-governance. The Centre is contemplating to bring in legislation to make it mandatory for every central government organisation and department to deliver public services using information and communication technology (ICT).

High-level delegates from all ministries will be meeting next month to decide on a cut off date to switch to total e-governance.

 Draft of the Electronic Delivery of Services (EDS) Act is ready and has been submitted to the higher authorities, Department of Information Technology informed.
A high-level inter-ministerial team would discuss the bill next month in New Delhi. Once the bill is ready, it will be sent it to all the state governments. It will be the prerogative of the state government whether to implement the act or not, the department added.

The benefits of the bill would include efficient, transparent and reliable delivery of web enabled public services in a definite and time-bound manner to citizens, thereby transforming governance.

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