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e-Public of Gujarat leads India
Source: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-07-28/india/40848229_1_bill-payment-portal-services
Source Date: Sunday, July 28, 2013
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government
Country: India
Created: Jul 29, 2013

AHMEDABAD: Gujarat may have missed the information technology bus. However, it tops the list of states using technology for public services. Gujarat accounts for over 25% of all e-transactions recorded in India from January 1 to July 26 this year, according to 'eTaal', a central government web portal that disseminates e-transaction statistics. It receives transaction statistics from web-based applications periodically on near real-time basis.

From land record registration to registering a new birth to getting an affidavit for income, Gujaratis do it all the e-way. Gujarat has recorded 8.80 crore e-transactions in the said period in the standard services provided under state government projects. Andhra Pradesh comes second with 7.87 crore e-transactions.

According to eTaal (Electronic Transaction Aggregation and Analysis Layer), land record registration, utility services and bill payment are the top three services in the state. The Union government recorded 10.23 crore e-transactions in the same period. Health, postal services and telecommunications contribute the maximum to central government e-transactions.

The state, which ranked eighth last year, has improved its ranking seemingly suddenly. But, a senior state IT department said, "It's not that the transactions have increased overnight. We have developed a system to link all transactions on the portal which has resulted in the spurt."

Even in terms of providing e-services across the counter, Gujarat tops the list with over 50 per cent e-transactions of the total 10.18 crore recorded under this category.
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