Learn from the best e-government in India


  • Nation
  • Monday, 24 Nov 2003

BY A. LETCHUMANAN

KUALA LUMPUR: The Andhra Pradesh state will showcase its highly successful e-governance technology at the Incredible India 2003 Trade and Investment Exhibition at the Putra World Trade Centre here from Dec 2 to 6. 

The state’s Information Technology and Communications Department joint-director (Promotion) Capt C. K. Veeresh said the e-governance service has been well-received by the people. 

“We want to promote this system at our booth,” he said in an interview in Hyderabad recently. 

Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu will be participating as partner states in the exhibition, with Dec 3 dedicated for Andhra Pradesh and Dec 4 for Tamil Nadu.  

There are various e-governance services linking the government and the citizens of Andhra Pradesh.  

These include the e-Seva, which is the first of its kind in India, and provides a spectrum of friendly services, including the payment of utility bills and the issuing of certificates and licences. 

Other services include the Fully Automated Services for Transport (FAST) which encompasses services like the issuance of driving licences and registration of vehicles. 

The Computer-Aided Administration of Registration Department (CARD) has e-enabled the system to register legal deeds such as sales and mortgaged deeds while e-Computerised Operations for Police Services (e-COPS) strives to accomplish not only the computerisation of crime analysis but also the dissemination of information, better planning, prosecution, monitoring and speedy detection of crimes. 

Veeresh said the Andhra Pradesh government had also launched a Telemedicine project with the purpose of providing expert medical advice in remote hospitals by leveraging advanced state-of-the-art information technology.  

“This e-governance project is a joint-effort between the public and private sector. The government has provided the physical infrastructure while the private sector provided the software and hardware services,” Veeresh said, adding that it was implemented in August 2002. 

He also said that the National Association of Software and Service Companies (Nasscom) in India had undertaken an extensive study on the competitiveness of nine Indian cities as destinations for IT-Enabled service companies and had ranked Hyderabad as number one. 

“We were chosen because of the rapid improvements in infrastructure (power, international bandwidth and urban transportation) and lower manpower costs,” he said, adding that the Computer Society of India has also rated Andhra Pradesh as the best e-government state.  

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