India’s Tryst with Electronic Services Delivery

raviAccording to the recently released data from the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the organisation has already completed the issuance of more than 56 crore Aadhaar numbers. With generation of about 13-14 lakh Aadhaar numbers every day, the flagship programme appears all set to complete its mandate of covering 60 crore population in the next few weeks.

In Haryana, the coverage of UIDAI is progressing at a fast pace. Aadhaar numbers have already been given to majority of the citizens and according to official sources, almost the entire population will get covered in the coming weeks. We are organising the e-Haryana event on 7-8 February, in Chandigarh. The theme of the event is’ ‘Shaping the Future of Electronic Services Delivery.’ Keeping in view the significant role that Aadhaar is going to play in the development of systems for Electronic Services Delivery, The event will also have a special focus on Aadhaar.

Wage disbursement and pension payments for the different government schemes can be made with greater speed, efficiency and reliability with the help of Aadhaar and the visibility of the transactions will ensure greater transparency in these citizen benefit schemes. In fact, Haryana today is at the forefront of using ICT for bringing more efficiency and transparency in the working of various government departments. With growing computerisation and increasing internet connectivity, this process has presently reached a stage where more and more government departments are motivated to modify their ways of doing things in order to leverage the advantages provided by ICT.

This issue of eGov magazine is a special on the e-Governance initiatives that are being undertaken in Haryana. Through a range of interviews and articles, we have tried to shed light on the work that is being done in the state. One interesting e-Governance concept that is being initiated in Haryana is the Integrated Village Information & Services System (IVISS). This is the starting point of Haryana OneState implementation, through which a set of integrated e-Services can be provided to the citizens.

We hope you will be at the e-Haryana in Chandigarh. I would also take this opportunity to inform you that we will be organising the e-Bihar event in Patna on 19-20 February 2014 and the e-Jharkhand event in Ranchi on 22 February 2014. eGov is trying to spread the message of good governance across all states and these events are an endeavour to create platforms for sharing immense knowledge and experience being generated in this emerging sector.