Uttar Pradesh is geared for large investments in IT

Dr Ravi GuptaRecently the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Akhilesh Yadav, inaugurated a hi-tech police control room in Kanpur. At the inaugural ceremony, while addressing a team of police officials, the Chief Minister directed the police to maintain law and order at all costs and control crime through technological advances. The new high-tech police control room in Kanpur is equipped with global positioning system (GPS), computer-aided design (CAD) and CCTV cameras. It will help in combating crime and handling the law and order situation efficiently. It should come as great news to all of us that India’s most populous state is now taking significant steps for bringing e-Governance to its key departments. Under private partnership Lokvani Kendras have been set up in rural areas across the entire State. In fact, the State is trying to bring modernity to its society by distributing free laptops to students who have passed class 12th exam from government schools, government aided schools and private secondary. This scheme will serve the purpose of spreading digital literacy across the state and it will eventually have the effect of improving the scope and reach of e-Governance in the state.
Uttar Pradesh is India’s largest and most populous state. It has rich social diversity and hence it is not easy to implement e-Governance in all the departments, which often have to face the pulls and pressures of myriad kinds. But if the State Government is determined then there can be seminal improvements in the state of affairs. With the objective of making the State an ideal destination for Information Technology companies, the State has released a new IT Policy 2012. Much work is also being done for creating new IT Cities in Uttar Pradesh. One of the IT Cities is being planned in the vicinity of Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh. The State Government has a vision for developing IT industry and using Information Communication Technology to deliver efficient and quick services to citizens. In this process numerous projects have been initiated. However, many challenges will have to be overcome to ensure that Information Technology takes root in the country. It is with the view of promoting IT industry and e-Governance in Uttar Pradesh that the e-UttarPradesh event is being organised by the Department of IT & Electronics, Government of Uttar Pradesh, in Lucknow on 29-30 November 2013, at Vivanta by Taj. The event will bring together the key stakeholders in government and private IT industry so that we can have a healthy round of deliberations on the best ways of promoting Information Technology in the State. This special issue of eGov magazine must be seen as a precursor to the deliberations that will held at e-UttarPradesh. In creating this issue we have interacted with the key officials of many departments in Uttar Pradesh government and had their views on the Information Technology space. We hope you will find the special issue of eGov to be informative and interesting. We also look forward to having you at the eUttarPradesh event in Lucknow.
Ravi Gupta