Empowering India through E-Governance
E-governance in layman’s words is Empowerment. The government aims in bridging the gap between a person and the authority. It is true that our constitution divided our country into smaller units of control to ensure that every step taken by the government reaches its benefactors. Today, the scenario is not so rosy. Many programs implemented by the government do not reach the people. How many of us know about the various loans extended by the government for start-ups, women entrepreneurs, students and farmers? The answer from a common man is a Big NO. The answer YES is what India needs today. It is a commendable effort from our government to create #DigitalIndia to make sure that it connects to every person in the Information Super Highway.
Indians have already witnessed in a small way what Digital India can do to their lives. With spiraling land prices and property becoming a hot asset, land grabbers and middle men made merry while land owners lived a life of peril. With the implementation of digitization of land documents, many land owners including those living in remote places could conveniently cross check land related information from the government database. It has also extended a source of comfort to the real estate buyers. A strong-arm of E-governance, Digital record keeping has put land grabbers and middle men out of business and made the whole process transparent.
The most important factor to consider in E-governance is implementation. E-governance can be claimed successful only when it reaches the nook and corner of our country where majority of our people live. Being an agricultural country, India needs better ways to communicate to the farmers who are mostly illiterate. Communicating in English does not work here. We have about 29 languages and each language is spoken by more than 1 million people in India. To reach to the grassroots, Government portals in local language must be implemented and should be designed to be easy for non-computer people to use. Educated youths from the given area should be given the authority to train others and also to ensure that any communication reaches everyone there. This initiative will rein in unemployment and bring in self governance in addition to making youth and locals responsible for our country’s progress. This also inculcates information sharing and encourages interactions among local people to work towards building a well-informed community.
Last but not the least; we have a suggestion to Intel on India’s E-Governance Implementation. Implementation plan should also include Scalable Deployment Practice as an important factor to make sure the system is stable when the huge population of India gets on the Digital Highway. Volume and stress management is the key as it is vital for the systems to be ready for onslaught of e-enabled citizens of India demanding digital by default as a standard.