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Date 31-10-2011
Title Honble Minister for Information Technology participated in the Meeting of Extended National e-Governance Advisory Committee at New Delhi
Description 1
Press Note No. 156 Date:31-10-2011.
Hon’ble Minister for Information Technology Thiru
R.B.Udhayakumar, to-day (31.10.2011) attended “The
Extended National e-Governance Advisory Committee
Meeting” held at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi and delivered
the address.
Hon'ble Minister of Union for IT, Hon'ble Minister of State for IT
Chairman, UIDAI, Hon'ble IT Ministers from all states,
Secretary IT, NAG members, Officers from the Government of
India and the State Governments,
I am very happy to be here in your midst representing Tamil
Nadu for this meeting of the Extended National Advisory e-
Governance Group.
As you are aware, Tamil Nadu is a front runner among the
states in India in ICT enabled Governance, by successfully
implementing various e-Governance programmes of the State
Government and also the Mission Mode Projects under the
National e-Governance Plan (NeGP).The Government of Tamil
Nadu has been allocating funds for e-Governance through
departmental budgets. The Government places a lot of
importance on e-Governance as is evidenced by the many e-
Governance initiatives announced in the Governor's address in
the Assembly, budget announcements, Policy Note 2011-12
and the announcements in the Floor of the Assembly, like
instituting the Chief Minister's award for excellence in e-
Governance for Government Departments and the Public,
establishment of a Disaster Recovery Centre at a cost of Rs.60
crores at Madurai, supply of cloud based computers to all
Village Administrative Officers and Revenue Inspectors to make
the e-District project Successful, provision of broadband
connectivity to the computers provided to all 12,618 Village
Panchayats, a massive e-Governance awareness campaign
etc testify to the proactive efforts the Government of Tamil Nadu
is making to take e-Governance to a higher level. We have also
identified the following 10 thrust areas for implementation.
1. Cloud Computing
2. Internet Protocol Version 6 activities
3. Use of Business Intelligence Software in Government
4. Mobile Governance
5. Using Integrated Financial Management System in Finance
6. Geographical Information System
7. Asset Management System
8. Facility Management Services
9. National Land Records Modernization Programme
10. Technology Forum in Government
An e-Governance Policy is ready for launch. An ERP called
ASSIST (Automated Software Solution for Integrated
Secretariat Transactions) is also ready for launch.
As you are aware, the infrastructure for e-Governance, like a
Rs.61 crore state-of-the-art State Data Center and a Rs.200
crore Tamil Nadu State Wide Area Network (TNSWAN) have
already been established by ELCOT. Many departments like
Commercial Taxes, Employment Exchanges, Treasuries,
Survey & Settlement, Registration, Forest, TWAD Board, Tamil
Nadu Housing Board, Tamil Nadu Health Systems Project, etc
have further taken horizontal connectivity from TNSWAN to
connect their applications hosted at the State Data Centre to
their last mile offices in the field. The IT Department through
NIC, ELCOT and TNeGA have assisted many departments in
developing their application software. A Rs.12.00 crore project
under NeGP, the State Portal, State Service Delivery
Gateway and e-Forms project will be ready for launch by
December 2011. Tamil Nadu will be the first state to launch this
project. This will totally transform the way information and
transaction services are provided to Citizens, at their home,
Browsing centre or Common Service Centre. This is especially
relevant now, as the Government of India is introducing the
"Electronic Service Delivery Bill" in Parliament soon.
But e-Governance can be successful only if we can provide
seamless service to the citizen. The pilot e-District Project at
Krishnagiri district has ensured that a Citizen can apply for 5
certificates from the Revenue dept like Community, Income,
Nativity, No graduate in the family and Destitute Women
certificate, and 5 marriage assistance schemes under the
Social welfare department, from the confines of his home,
browsing centre or common service centre (CSC) at the village,
and take a print-out of a digitally signed certificate with a 2D
barcode, without ever visiting any Government office. The
entire backend has been digitized from top to bottom. THe
reason for the success of this project is because we have
provided computers to VAOs and RIs. It is my request to
Government of India that funding under the e-District Project
should also be extended to provide computers and connectivity
to the last mile offices like VAO office and RI Office.
We do have some issues with the setting up of CSCs following
the legal case arising out of the termination of the services of
3i-Infotech in 26 districts. We are working on a different
strategy, in view of the expected roll out of the e-District
project throughout Tamil Nadu.
The process of signing the MoU with NIC for establishing the
Composite Team for administering the State Data Centre and
creation of District e-Governance Societies is under progress
and is expected to be completed shortly.
We are also in reciept of the draft policy on Mobile Governance,
prepared by DIT, GoI, and has prepared a proposal for
introducing mobile based Governance in Tamil Nadu.
I wish to reiterate in this forum that Government of Tamil Nadu
will be second to none in successfully implementing the
projects under NeGP, with the vision of enhancing the quality
of life of our Citizens using the tools of ICT, by providing
efficient administration in our Government Offices, and through
that, seamless services, both informational and transactional to
our citizens at their doorsteps.
The vision of the Hon'ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu is that
the web should become the main interface for interaction
between the Citizen and Government.
I wish to convey the good wishes of the Hon'ble Chief
Minister of Tamil Nadu, Puratchi Thalaivi Amma, for a best
outcome from this meeting.
Thank you.
Issued By:-
DIPR, Information & Public Relations Dept.,
Secretariat, Chennai-9
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