Odisha – On the forefront of e-Governance

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In the middle of January 2014, the Director General of Police (DGP) in Odisha launched the new official website of the Odisha Police, www.odishapolice.gov.in. This website is designed to provide a wide range of information to the public and it will lead to better transparency and efficiency. This website by the police department in Odisha is an example of a project that will bring the people closer to the police department and thus contribute towards the creation of a better law and order system.
Surely, this is not the first step of the kind that has been taken by Odisha. The state government is committed to strengthening e-Governance by introducing a range of such initiatives, thus ensuring that latest ICT systems are in place for serving the needs of the people in a transparent and timely manner. Of course, there are challenges involved in ensuring that the advantages of e-Governance percolates till the people at the grassroots levels of the society. But, we expect to overcome these challenges over a period of time.
After all, e-Governance is a process of reform in the way governments work, share information, engage citizens and deliver services to external and internal clients for the benefit of both government and the clients that they serve. Certainly, it is not an easy task to reform or change government processes and that at times counts for the delays in the implementation of certain initiatives. However, e-Governance has now gained considerable traction in the country; there is public demand for e-enabled services.
On 24th January, 2014, we are organising the eOdisha event in Bhubaneswar. This is the second eOdisha event that we are organising and the focus this year is much broader. We hope to put the spotlight on e-Governance initiatives that have been launched in the domains governance, healthcare, education and financial inclusion. The current issue of the eGov magazine is a special issue on Odisha. We are covering the ICT initiatives of various departments in the state in this special issue.
We are happy to note that there is considerable enthusiasm about promotion of ICT in various government departments. That is why in the month of February 2014, we will be having three major conferences. We will organise e-Haryana on 7-8 February, 2014, in Chandigarh. Then will move to eBihar, which is being held in Patna on 19-20 February, 2014. We will then move to eJharkhand, which will be held in Ranchi on 22nd February, 2014. We look forward to carry the torch of ICT all across India in every state in the year 2014. We look forward to your support in this noble endeavour

Ravi Gupta

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