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India: IT Policy 2011 Aims to Extend National e-Governance Plan
Source: egovonline
Source Date: Saturday, October 08, 2011
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: India
Created: Oct 11, 2011

While unveiling the Draft National Policy on Information Technology, 2011; expansion of the National e-Governance Plan has been recognized as a key thrust area.


The policy draft of Information Communications Technology (ICT) and Electronics sector was released by Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Kapil Sibal, here in New Delhi, on 7th of October. 


Aiming to raise the revenues of IT and ITES industry to rise to $300 billion by 2010 from $88 billion at present, the draft also distinguished to mandate provision of all government services through electronic mode within a fixed time frame by enactment of the Electronic Delivery of Services (EDS) Bill.


The policy also pondered over one more area of making at least one individual in every household e-literate.


The thrust areas of the policy include:

  • To extend the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP) and mandate provision of all government services through electronic mode within a fixed time frame by enactment of the electronic delivery of services (EDS) bill;
  • To enhance transparency, accountability, efficiency, reliability and decentralization in government and in particular, in delivery of public services;
  • To increase revenues of IT and ITES Industry from $88 billion to $300 billion by 2020;
  • To make at least one individual in every household e-literate;
  • To formulate fiscal and other policies to attract investment in IT Industry in Tier II and Tier III cities;
  • To promote innovation and R&D in cutting edge technologies and development of applications and solutions in areas like localization, location based services, mobile value added services, cloud computing, social media and utility models;
  • To provide fiscal benefits to SMEs and start-ups in the key industrial sectors for adoption of IT in value creation;
  • To leverage internet, web and mobile technologies for developing new products, technologies and businesses;
  • To integrate internet-based and mobile-based delivery of services onto a common platform to enable seamless, ubiquitous, secure and personalized delivery of government and non-government services throughout the country;
  • To integrate Aadhaar, financial and location-based services into this integrated platform to foster an ecosystem for innovation in services.
  • To create a pool of 10 million additional skilled manpower in ICT;
  • To leverage ICT for key social sector initiatives like education, health, rural development and financial services to promote equity and quality;
  • To make India global hub for development of language technologies to encourage and facilitate development of content accessible in all Indian languages and thereby help bridge the digital divide;
  • To enable access of content and ICT applications by differently abled people to foster inclusive development;
  • To facilitate adoption of ICTs in key economic and strategic sectors to improve their competitiveness and productivity; and
To strengthen regulatory and security framework for ensuring a secure cyberspace ecosystem.
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