In a major initiative towards making citizen engagement more integral and active part of National e-Governance Plan across the country, the Centre has proposed a Citizen Engagement Fund.
The fundwill be utilised towards funding citizen engagement pilots which will demonstrate the concept's utility before being rolled out informed, Department of Information Technology (DIT). The fund will be in place by September 2011.
The Centre will make it mandatory for state governments to go in for citizen engagement before taking up any e-governance initiatives. Currently, most consultations are done on an informal basis which woefully falls short of expectations and aspirations of the people going to be beneficiaries of these initiatives.
Mnay new ICT tools would be used which would enable implementers identify potential methodologies and mechanisms to implement them. Active citizen engagement in policy making to achieve credible public participation in a country as vast and complex as India is challenging as the Centre proposes to utilise the unique opportunity that technology offers to engage with citizens in real time and meaningful manner, to make policy making citizen centric.