E-governance is poised to take a big leap in Uttar Pradesh with the state lining up a slew of initiatives to empower citizens in line with the ‘Digital India’ programme.
It is putting in place a system which would deliver vital services to citizens directly through the computer, mobile phone or tablet, practically eliminating the necessity of pursuing officials.
By December 2014, 26 citizen-centric services of eight departments had conducted over 37 million e-transactions through the e-District/State Portal, 14,500 Common Service Centres (CSCs) and 300 Lokvani centres (LCs).
The Uttar Pradesh government is likely to provide 90 more services through the network of CSCs and LCs, according to a CyberMedia Research press release.
The e-District project had been implemented as a pilot project in six districts in 2008. It is now being rolled out in the remaining 69 districts.
Under the rollout, e-Governance cells/computer labs are being established in each district headquarters with 14 computers.
Laptops are being provided to each sub-divisional magistrate and tehsildar for improving efficiency through an end-to-end automated system.
District e-governance societies (DeGS) have also been constituted in each district. The project had gone live in 21 more districts by January 2015.
In a significant development, the state administration has decided to accept self declaration forms instead of sworn affidavits, along with an application for availing such services.
The IT Policy 2012 is helping to develop Agra and Lucknow as IT hubs under PPP (Public-Private Partnership) arrangements.
Under this policy, IT companies setting up their units in the state are eligible for 100 percent exemption from stamp duty and five percent interest subsidy (not exceeding Rs 1 crore) for a period of five years.
CMR’s research in Uttar Pradesh indicates a strong stakeholder interest in Data Centers, Virtualisation, Cloud and Storage. Stakeholders perceive these solutions as key to addressing their IT challenges. Data Centre was the most cited solution of interest (29 percent), followed by Virtualisation (26 percent), and Cloud (24 percent).