We have almost doubled our commercial tax collection in the last four years

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In a detailed interview with Dataquest, Kailash Vijayvargiya, minister,

Public Works Department, IT, and Science & Technology, Government of Madhya

Pradesh, talks about the states e-governance initiatives, the benefits accrued

and challenges that lie ahead. The minister also delves upon the governments

agenda to attract IT investments into the state. Excerpts


What is your e-governance vision?

Our vision is to provide 24 hour governance in the state. Why should there

be a holiday even on a Saturday or Sunday? The use of ICT makes this vision of

24x7 governance possible. For the citizens, any work that they have with the

governmentpaying tax, making of birth certificates, etcthey need to have the

flexibility of doing it anytime. The real utilization of e-gov initiatives will

happen only when the common man has a 24x7 government.

By when do you think 24x7 governance will become a reality?

We will implement 24-hours governance in the next year and a half. However,

awareness and education is lacking among citizens. So, the transformation will

take some time.

Can you recall some e-governance success stories in Madhya Pradesh?

Some big initiatives on the e-governance front in Madhya Pradesh include

computerization of treasury, commercial tax, and the Mandi Board. Treasury

computerization has led to good financial control. We carried out the

computerization of mandis in order to ensure that farmers get the right price.

The system makes available important information like rates, arrivals, etc, in

these mandis. Weather forecasts are also available. All this has led to

transparency in operations and helps in ensuring that farmers get a fair share.


We have almost doubled the collection of commercial tax in the last 3-4

years. As a result of the initiative, all records have been computerized,

leading to greater efficiency in collections and better manageability of

records. Very importantly, computerization has also brought in greater

transparency in to the system.

How are you using IT to do away with the traditional inefficiencies in the

tendering process?

Usually, we hear a lot of complains related to inefficiencies and problems

in the tendering process. In order to tackle these issues, we have introduced

e-tendering. The process has been initiated with the PWD, irrigation department,

PHE, state electricity board, tax board, UAD, MPSEDC, etc. We are also

initiating this in the municipal corporations under districts of the state. The

whole objective is to bring about efficiency and greater transparency in the

tendering process.

And about the IT investments in the state

We expect companies to invest around Rs 5,000 crore in Madhya Pradesh in the

next 1-2 years. At the Global Investor Meet held some time back, about 16

companies signed the MoU. These companies want to come to MP and open BPOs, and

IT parks.

One of the biggest factor that works in favor of Madhya Pradesh is the

availability of human resource. The state has over 100 engineering colleges and

around 40,000 students, including engineering graduates, MCAs, and BCAs pass out

every year. So, a big incentive for the companies to invest in the state is the

availability of quality manpower at a cheaper price. Besides, Madhya Pradesh is

a peaceful state and law and order situation is good.

Shipra Malhotra