#GoodGovernance Through #E-Governance

By HK via With Media Inputs published on February 2, 2016
Digital India initiative: Narendra Modi government plans to make all public services available on mobile phones

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NEW DELHI: The Modi administration wants to make all government services available on mobile phones in the next five years so that citizens don’t have to visit offices, making it much easier for them to get their work done efficiently and conveniently. The ‘Digital India’ initiative which was launched almost a year ago by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be starting soon with government services will be available on mobile phones in the next five years. This E-governance move through ‘Digital India’ initiative will be helpful for citizens who don’t have to visit offices for their small work to be done and will become much easier for them to get their work done efficiently with convenience.

According to a report, last week Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) proposed a plan of launching all public services on mobile phones. The DARPG reports directly to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the report was prepared along with Nasscom and KPMG. The move would be a vital element of India’s push to improve its ranking of 119 out of 193 countries in the UN E-Government Index and breaking into the top 10, DARPG secretary Devendra Chaudhary said in the report.

Devendra Chaudhary, DARPG secretary is said to have stated that “the move will be a vital element of India’s push to improve its ranking of 119 out of 193 countries in the United Nations E-Government Index and breaking into the top 10.”

“In order to achieve the vision of Digital India and ensure the delivery of government services to citizens, the mobile platform needs to be leveraged to its full potential,” said the report’s foreword by JS Deepak, secretary, Department of Electronics and Information Technology, who was named on Friday as telecom secretary. “Multi-lingual mobile-governance services are important for service delivery. Aadhaar-linked, mobile-based authentication mechanism needs to be developed to become a widely-used channel for citizen authentication,” Deepak said.

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Earlier Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked the Communications and IT Ministry to work on a project under Digital India to make government services available on mobile phones. The initiative includes plans to connect rural areas with high-speed internet networks. Which will only be completed after the creation of digital infrastructure, digital services delivery and digital literacy.

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