Governing Oudh

DQI Bureau
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Even as several states in India are contemplating on launching e-district

projects in their respective states, Uttar Pradesh has gone ahead and taken a

lead on its other counterparts. Not usually known for its e-governance prowess,

the state government leadership has gone ahead and launched the e-district in as

many as six districts in the state (namely Ghaziabad, Gautam Budh Nagar,

Sultanpur, Sitapur, Gorakhpur and Rae Bareli).


The Dignitaries

Incidentally, the launch of the e-district project in the state coincided

with the Dataquest e-Governance Mission Summit. The event was an opportunity for

the state government to showcase its ambitious e-district project,

subsequently as a pilot project. To talk more on the project, Mrityunjay Kumar

Narain, district magistrate, Sitapur was invited, who during the course of his

presentation added that the objective of the project included back-end

computerization for enabling efficient delivery of government services and

pro-actively providing a system for spreading information on government schemes,

planned developmental activities and status of current activities under NeGP.

The project is a part of the State Mission Mode Project (SMMP) under the NeGP

and the project aims to target certain high volume services and also undertake

back-end computerization to e-enable the delivery of these services through CSCs.

Seated right to left: Arvind Chaturvedi, Deputy Superintendent of Police,

Special Task Force; DS Srivastava, Special Secretary IT; SB Singh, Senior

Technical Director NIC & SIO; VK Malhotra, Honorable chairman Board of

Revenue; Mrityunjay Kumar Narain, DM Sitapur; LM Joshi; and Salil Khanna,

Airtel addressing the audience queries

Addressing the gathering comprising senior government officials, Kumar added

that the various services offered under the project include issuance of ration

cards, surrender certificates, dues and recovery from land revenue, revenue

court services, etc.


Striving to make available government services at citizen doorstep,

Mrityunjay Kumar Narain, District Magistrate, Sitapur informs the gathering

on the efforts of his administration

Pioneer of the e-district project in Uttar Pradesh, VK Malhotra, Chairman,

Board of Revenue addresses the audience on the various e-governance

initiatives of the government

VK Malhotra, Chairman Board of Revenue who is also the overall head of the

project was also present at the summit to present an overall overview of the

state governments e-governance initiative. Delivering the keynote address,

Malhotra stressed on the significance of the e-district project and how it would

transform the lives of the common citizens by delivering government services at

the doorstep. His department has also bagged the best e-governed department

award from Computer Society of India (CSI) for digitizing its land related

records and making its office paperless across the state.

Credited with conceptualizing the first website of Uttar Pradesh government,

Umesh Sinha, Secretary Planning addresses the gathering

Outlining the vision of the Uttar Pradesh government, DS Srivastava, Special

Secretary IT & MD UP Electronics Corporation

Another Feather in the Hat

Another state government project that would be making waves in the coming

months is COSIS or Court Cases Information System. The project will seek to

address the plight of citizens who have had to wait for months and years on end

for justice owing to pile up of court cases. Making a presentation on the same

was Sanjeev Gahlaut, technical director NIC, High Court Lucknow bench. During

his presentation, Gahlaut said that apart from providing details of the lakhs of

court cases pending in the judiciary, it would also provide unique id to each

department for viewing/updating the details of their pending cases as well as

notices of the new cases. He further added that there is also a provision for

sending automatic email sending system for the new cases to be noticed in the

High Court. It also sends email to the respondent department, AG office and to

the petitioner along with the scanned copy of the notice details.

Underlining the significance of Public Private Partnership model in a

e-governance projects is Salil Khanna, Airtel

Singh, senior Technical Director NIC & SIO UP government is one of the

leading proponents of e-governance in the state

Giving details of the various e-governance initiatives of the state

government, DS Srivastava, Special Secretary IT during his presentation talked

more on projects like the State Wide Area Network, e-district project; state

data center for acting as a reservoir for state data; and Koshvani (the finance

portal of the state for providing real-time data to state departments in terms

of their budget allotments and grants etc). Srivastava also underlined the

vision of the government saying that we are committed to provide all government

services to the common man in his locality, through common service delivery

outlets and ensure efficiency, transparency and reliability of such services at

affordable costs to realize the basic needs of the common man.


The gathering was also addressed by SB Singh, state information officer and

senior technical director NIC who pointed out the importance of government

process re-engineering and how archaic rules need to be changed for simplifying

existing procedures for the general public. In line with the same, Singh went on

to mention that projects like e-district, e-scholarship, Bhulekh, electronic

filing of taxes and even tehsil diwas for online tracking of grievances have

been launched by the state government.

Singh also stressed on increasing capacity building and introducing change

management in the government set-up. The state government has already taken the

initiative of increasing capacity including launching the UPSWAN and state data

centers; introducing a fully-computerized sachivalaya and human resource MIS for

secretariat administration. Moreover, for brining about a change in the mindset

of government employees, we have also undertaken training programs for

secretariat employees and even the district administration, Singh said during

his presentation.

Participation from senior government officials made the panel discussion a

lively session with the audience also participating in the session. The panel

was chaired by VK Malhotra joined by senior bureaucrats like Arvind Chaturvedi,

DSP, UP Special Task Force; Mrityunjay Kumar Narain, DM Sitapur; SB Singh,

senior technical director NIC and SIO; and DS Srivastava, special secretary IT.

Stuti Das