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All districts in AP covered under “E-District”

Posted by on April 23, 2011 0 Comment

Hyderabad: All the districts in the State were covered under expansion of Mission Mode Project “e-District” announced by the Centre to 650 districts. It would facilitate the State government to set up another 3,000 Common Service Centers throughout the State.

Speaking at media point in the Secretariat here, the Minister for Information Technology, Mr Ponnala Laxmaiah, said that the State government has sent a proposal to the Centre for expansion of e-Districts to all the States to ensure easy access of government services.

“I personally met the Union Minister for Information Technology and Comminications, Mr Kapil Sibal, and requested him for financial assistance for expansion of Common Service Centers in the State”, he added. He expressed happiness over coverage of all the districts in the State in the expansion of e-District projects to 650 districts in the country. With this, the Centre has stamped the proposal of the projects with Rs 87.79 crores. The Centre would bear 75 percent of amount and the State bears 25 per cent.

The government also directed the States to complete the project within four years. But, the State government was keen on completing it in two years as mentioned in its proposal, he added.

Reminding that 70 services were available at e-Seva centers in the State, the Minister informed that the services of certificates issuance, permissions and licenses of Revenue department, grievances redressal at district offices, Right to Information Act, position of court cases, public distribution system, survey applications and archives of records would be available at Common Service Centers of e-District project.

Already, the State government has set up 2,100 Common Good Centers on its own in the State. Under the e-District project, the e-seva centers and existing CGCs would be interlinked and 3,000 new Common Good Centers would be set up throughout the State, he added.

He said that the e-District project was aimed at enabling the citizens to access Government to Citizen (G2C) services close to their houses through Common Service Centers (CSCs) in an integrated manner.

The delivery of G2C services would be responsive, transparent and accountable at districts and sub-district offices (divisional), he added. With these centers, the people will have to travel less distance, make less trips to government offices and will have to wait for less time to get these services delivered to them. The Citizen would also be able to track online the process of the applications, he added.

The IT Minister also informed that the Finance Commission has accepted the ITIR proposal of the State government. He exuded confidence that IT and C permission would also meet the project at the earliest. The tender process for setting up of IT Towers in two-tier cities – Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada and Warangal was already started.

Mr Ponnala Laxmaiah pointed out that the HR experts were expecting that five lakh job recruitments may take place in IT sector this year. Out of which, the State has scope for 40,000 new jobs in IT sector. The experts were predicting 108-20 percent growth of IT sector this year. (NSS)

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