Uttar Pradesh Government setting a new example for E-Governance in India
In this modern era of globalization and digitization, E- Governance is very important for any country or state. Uttar Pradesh, with nearly 200 million population is a leading state in establishing core e-Governance infrastructure projects such as State Wide Area Network (SWAN), State Data Centre (SDC), Common Service Centres (CSCs), State Portal as well as other projects such as e-District, e-Setu, e-Village etc. aims to provide smart governance to all its citizens. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav is making all possible efforts to digitally empower every citizen of the state.
The state government’s vision is to transform Uttar Pradesh, into a digitally empowered society and a thriving knowledge economy by ensuring prompt delivery of public services. Let’s look at some key highlights accomplished by Akhilesh Yadav Government.
E- District System rolled out in 48 districts
UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav launched e-district programme for speedy and transparent delivery of government services through Common Service Delivery outlets. . Till July 2014, over 10 million applications were received under e-district programme in Ghaziabad, Gautam Budh Nagar, Gorakhpur, Sitapur, Sultanpur and Rae Bareli. Uttar Pradesh Government has almost 9000 active Common Services Centres (CSCs). Through these various Government services, including issuance of Caste, Income, Domicile, Handicap, Birth/Death (Rural & Urban) certificates, Revenue Court and Ration Card related services are being provided.
Lokvani Kendras for Providing Digital Services
Source : E-Uttar Pradesh 2016 SlideShare
The Akhilesh Yadav lead Government is committed in enabling the delivery of public services at their doorstep in an efficient manner. The Uttar Pradesh Government currently has around 1,200 Lokvani Kendras which are active and operational. Through these Kendras they have started providing 26 government services from eight departments to the people. UP Government have issued and delivered around 15 lakh e-certificates to the people in 69 districts of Uttar Pradesh.
Jiwesh Nandan, Principal Secretary of IT & Electronics, Mining & Additional Sources of Energy, Govt of U.P. has confirmed that “Total number of e-certificates and e-services delivered in last 4 years is more than a crore. This is a number that is not generally known to the people, and as far as I know, it is the highest in the country”
Making Secretariats Paperless
Source : Uttamup.com
Uttar Pradesh Government has adopted ‘cloud computing’ for evolving the current state to ‘paperless’ secretariats .They started with, the state’s IT and Electronics Department, which was converted into a paperless entity, where all files were stored in a state-of-the-art Data Centre. The State Data Center (SDC) has been established on ‘virtualisation concept’ based on cloud computing. All the departments in the state government are now connected to SWAN. SDC are playing major role in facilitating the recruitment for various departments in the state. For ex – Police, Railways etc.
State Data Centre enables State departments to host their services/applications on a common platform leading to –
- Consolidation of data, applications, services & infrastructure
- Ease of integration and efficient management
- Better security
- Ensuring adequate and optimal utilization of computing resources and to support the connectivity infrastructure
Uttar Pradesh is making a global presence under Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and the effective adoption of E- Governance system has totally reformed the Government and its services. The key driver of embarking on developing and implementing e-governance in the state is Digital CM, Akhilesh Yadav. He is leveraging the innovative potential of Information Technology, Mobile and New Media Technologies to achieve his visionary agendas. This grand vision was set out by him in 2012 that included transforming Uttar Pradesh into a sustainable knowledge based society and diversifying the Uttar Pradesh economy.