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Tamil Nadu Is India's Best e-Governed State

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DQC Bureau
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Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh emerged among the top five e-governed states in

India in 2008-09 as per the fifth IDC India study conducted for CyberMedia's

fortnightly Dataquest.

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Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh have climbed three spots each over last year's

ranking, to emerge at first and fifth position, respectively. Himachal Pradesh,

Delhi and Haryana have secured second, third and fourth positions respectively.

Delhi has slipped two ranks from last year, while Himachal Pradesh and Haryana

have climbed up five and 14 places, respectively.

The results of the survey to be published in the December 15 issue of

Dataquest are based on a two-level survey that assesses every state's IT vision,

implementation plan and ease of use of services. It also takes into

consideration IT allocation for new projects in 2007-08, implementation of new

projects, and user satisfaction among 3,150 citizens and businesses. Indian

states are lining up ambitious e-governance projects for taking governance to

citizens' doorsteps. From being one among many government programs, e-governance

has now become a top priority for the government. The Union Budget for 2008-09

increased the allocation to the department of Information Technology to Rs 1,680

crore, an increase of nearly 12 percent over the previous year's, Dataquest-IDC

study reports.

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The scheme for establishing 100,000 Citizen Service Centers (CSCs) and

setting up SWANs across states is in progress.

The government allocated Rs 450 crore for setting up SWANs, Rs 275 crore for

setting up State Data Centers, and Rs 75 crore for establishing CSCs.

SWANs have been imple­men­ted in five states-Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Tamil

Nadu, Chandigarh and Delhi. Imple­mentation is under way in nine states, and the

bidding process is on in another four states. The Andamans and Goa have opted

out of the scheme.

By October 2008, 20,558 CSCs have been rolled out. In 14 states, MSA and

Service Center Agency selection process covering 1,02,827 CSCs has been

completed. The highlight how­ever is the government planning to set-up

e-governance stan­dards for ensuring stan­dards-based interoperability and

integration of applications across departments and avoiding any technology



lock-ins. The e-governance standards are being developed for Network and
Information Security, Local Language, Meta Data, and Data Standards for

application domains and quality. A draft interoperability framework for

e-governance and a draft for e-governance Information Security Standard have

also been prepared. To ensure quality, Conformity Assessment Framework

guide­lines have been prepared by DIT.

DQC News Bureau

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