Information Technology has brought revolutionary changes in all spheres worldwide. The Government of Uttar Pradesh considers it as an immensely important growth accelerator. Thus aiming quick delivery of state services in transparent manner, alienation of middle men, and faster mode of payment of various services being provided by the State Government Departments, e-Governance has emerged as a vital tool in the hands of both government and Public. Recognizing the need and importance of e-Governance, Government of Uttar Pradesh has decided to promote by honoring the best service providers either in form of providing data base on their web sites or introducing innovative idea through e-Governance. In the modern era, internet has registered its existence even at village level and has made e-Governance more feasible.
GoUP has launched e-Governance scheme in the state. GIS mapping, revenue collection are the shining examples of e-Governance. To further boost e-Governance, and also to explore its potentials, Uttar Pradesh Government for the first time has taken a step in recognizing and felicitation of unearthed talents in e- Governance in the state by holding a prize distribution ceremony on 7th December, 2011. The prizes were designed to give impetus to I.T Technology, e-Governance and web site. In this direction, three best services in the field of Excellence in Government Process Re-engineering, Innovative Technology usage and Best Government Web Site were categorized for the purpose of prize distribution.
Nagar Nigam, Kanpur was awarded in the category of "Excellence in Government Process Re-engineering" for implementation of "KMC Property Tax Management System using Geospatial Technology". Using Information and Communication (ICT) Technology, this GIS based application provides property tax assessment list, online calculation of property tax and online payment for the same in an easy and convenient manner. This has not only increased revenue realization but also brought transparency in the whole system. Mr. Raghvendra Vikram Singh, Commissioner and Ex-Commissioners Mr. P.K. Pandey and Mr. Rajeev Sharma of Kanpur Nagar Nigam and their team members were the main award recipients.
The initiative "Aarogyam - Doctor in Your Pocket" was jointly awarded to District Baghpat and J.P.Nagar in the category of "Innovative Technology Usage in e-Governance". Aarogyam, using latest IT and Communication Technology aims to provide healthcare services to citizens at their doorsteps, with special focus on mother and child, which has extremely benefitted the citizens. It was country's unique end to end community based digital health mapping covering target population i.e. children below 2 years and pregnant mothers in 2 U.P. districts utilizing phones (landline/mobile) as delivery mechanism. The major recipients of this award were Mr. Abhay, DM, J.P. Nagar and Mr. Prabhu Narain Singh, DM, Bagpat and Mr. Mayur Maheshwari and Mrs. Ritu Maheshwari, Ex. District Magistrate of Baghpat and J.P. Nagar districts.
In the "Best Government Website" category, Lucknow Development Authority was awarded for its website http://ldalucknow.co.in and the awards were given to Mr. Rajeev Agrawal, Vice Chairman, LDA and Ex-VC Mr. Mukesh Kumar Meshram along with his team members and their consultant. With the help of this web site, the allottees can get information on amount due and deposited possession status, registry and refund, etc. Broadly, information on new properties, lottery results for allotment, grievance management and redressal, tender publication and management, etc. are the other main information are also available on this website for the help of the citizen.
The award distribution ceremony was jointly organized by IT & Electronics department, Govt. of U.P. and Updesco and was presided over by Mr. V.N. Garg, Infrastructure and Industrial Development Commissioner (IIDC), Govt. of U.P. With an aim to encourage e-Governance in the State, Mr. V.N. Garg told that there is a tremendous scope of e-Governance not only in the state but in the country considering that India stands 119th rank in the world as per UN Survey. He also emphasized the need of paperless office through e-Patravali under e-Governance. The prizes were given by Mr. Anoop Mishra, Chief Secretary of the state. On the occasion Mr. Anoop Mishra said that e-Governance is the good way of communication and prize distribution is an encouragement to all working in the area. The programme also witnessed knowledge exchange amongst the participants by the motivational speeches rendered by Mr. Jivesh Nandan, Secretary Infomation Technology and Mr. Sudhir Kumar, MD UPdesco and other prize winners.
The first such initiative will automatically generate confidence amongst the citizens of state and such recognition will certainly improve the working climate for delivering the best service mechanism. Thus, Uttar Pradesh has again proved its sound track record besides FI race, Yamuna Expressway, Power Sector Reform and Nivesh Mitra and so on.
Kulbhushan Kapoor Ravinder Singh
Udyog Bandhu UPDESCO