The second meeting of the Prime Minister’s Committee on the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP) was held on 1 July 2013.
The idea behind conducting the meeting is to review the progress of implementation of NeGP.
It is important here to note that the NeGP was approved by Government of India in May 2006 with an aim to Make all Government services accessible to the common man in his locality, through common service delivery outlets and also to ensure efficiency, transparency & reliability of such services at an affordable cost.
Two expert group were constituted in the last meeting of the committee one headed by Nandan Nilekani on Preparation of HR Policy for e-governance and other headed by Sam Pitroda on Expert Group on NeGP.
During the meeting the implementation of the recommendations of these committees was reviewed as the recommendations of both the committees is highly beneficial for fast tracking the implementation of all e-Governance initiatives in the country.
Highlights of the Meet
• The committee reviewed the status of implementation of Mission Mode Projects (MMPs). They pointed out that out of the 31 Mission Mode Projects (MMPs), 14 MMPs are delivering the full range of services while 9 have started delivering some services to the citizens.
• Focus on Outcome Orientation – ‘e-TAAL’: In order to develop an outcome orientation amongst the e-Governance initiatives in the country, the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) has developed a web portal – e-TAAL (e-Transactions Aggregation and Analysis Layer which aggregates and analyses the transaction statistics of central and state level e-governance projects including Mission Mode Projects, on a real time basis. e-TAAL is expected to enhance the outcome focus of e-Governance programs in the country. The portal is available at etaal.gov.in.
• DeitY has launched Mobile Seva, a unique countrywide initiative on mobile governance to provide public services to the citizens through mobile phones and handheld devices. The portal is available at mgov.gov.in.
• It has been highlighted in the meeting that as on date, 444 departments across the country have been integrated with MSDG. They are offering over 200 unique services to the citizens. Using this platform, over 15 crore transactional messages for various government services have been sent to the citizens.
• The Committee directed all the Government Departments/ Ministries to leverage Mobile Seva for delivery of their services on mobile devices.
• The Committee directed that e-Procurement shall be adopted both for publication and processing of tenders by all Government Ministries/Departments so as to make the public procurement more transparent and efficient.
• To harness the benefits of cloud technology, DeitY has launched a new initiative named as MeghRaj for creating a Government of India cloud (GI Cloud) computing environment at the national level. This initiative will not only optimise utilisation of IT infrastructure, but also enable rapid deployment/replication of e-Gov services.
• Considering the requirement for an apex institution in the domain of capacity building, training and R&D for e-Governance, the Committee came to a conclusion that a National e-Governance Academy be established as a national institution.
• The Committee also discussed how the emergence of new technologies, concepts and platforms such as cloud computing, mobile platform and how the advent of Aadhaar can be leveraged to make the NeGP more effective and speed up its implementation.
• It has been concluded in the Meeting that the latest technological advancements and new service delivery mechanisms in NeGP would usher the country into a new era of e-governance. It will be possible to provide ICT infrastructure on demand for implementation of these projects. Integration of the Aadhaar platform in e-governance projects would help in interoperability, electronic authentication and faster delivery of services to the intended recipients.