Digital them is a part of a larger

Digital India Program

Under
the flagship program of Government of India, Digital India is a program to
prepare India for a knowledge based future. The focus is on being
transformative – to realize. The motto of the program is:  IT (Information Technology) + IT (Indian
Talent) = IT (India Tomorrow). It is coordinated by DeitY and implemented by
the entire government. The weaving together of central and state governments
makes this mission transformative in totality. The Digital India project will
see investments to the tune of Rs 4.5 lakh crore as promised by top industrial
houses and create 1.8 million jobs. The project will help make technology
central to enable change. It is an Umbrella Program – that spans across many
departments. It stitches a large number of ideas and thoughts into a single,
comprehensive vision to ensure that each of them is a part of a larger goal.
The project will ensure that services and governance are there on the net in
every government department and ministry, so that the facilities can be availed
by citizens without having to queue up at various offices 13.

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Initiatives by Chhattisgarh
State for Adoption of ICT and DT

Chhattisgarh
is the first state in India with comprehensive IT roadmap. Chhattisgarh is the
first state in India to develop a comprehensive Geographical Information System
(GIS) with 38 thematic layers map. In Chhattisgarh the internet connectivity
till every block headquarter is achieved.  In Chhattisgarh, 3000 Common Service Centers
are deployed to deliver government services. In Chhattisgarh, 4500 highly
computer literates, IT savvy senior bureaucrats are working as government
employees and top political executives 13.

In
addition to the above, Chhattisgarh state has launched several schemes to promote
the use of ICT and DT 13; these are:

1.           
Inauguration of Chief Minister
Dashboard Portal

2.           
Wifi hotspot inaugurated

3.           
Pension Services Inaugurated

4.           
iOS Based App for District e-
Services

5.           
Dashboard for district
e-services inaugurated

6.           
Inauguration of the mobile app
for integrated digital Chhattisgarh

7.           
Chhattisgarh Campus Connect
Portal

8.           
PC Tablets with Digital
Chhattisgarh App Distributed

9.           
Websites of Universities and
Colleges Inaugurated

10.       
 Launch of app for Public Health Engineering
Department

11.       
 Application Software for Midday Meal Launched

12.       
 Launch of Online Electricity Connection
Application

13.       
 Website for MLA Model Village

14.       
 PC Tablets distributed among College students

15.       
 Portal for online land allotment

The
Chhattisgarh Infotech & Biotech Promotion Society (CHiPS) has been at the
forefront of turning the vision into a reality. It has worked to bring
government to citizen services online, increase government to government
e-communication and train government and citizens to avail the benefits of IT
enabled services and create information driven society. Government to Citizen
Interface: To promote the concept of “anytime-anywhere” government, a service
named CHOiCE has been developed. CHOiCE is an acronym for Chhattisgarh Online
Information and Citizen Empowerment. It provides almost all G2C (Government to
citizen) services such as Birth & Death Certificates, Caste Certificates,
Income Certificates etc. It is the biggest open source e-Governance project in
India. Today the state has 2nd largest deployment of fixed WiMAX in the country
that provides 3000 locations with the state. For the first time in the country,
Private Citizens (CHOiCE Agents) have been notified as Public Servants under IT
Act thereby enabling them to process government documents in the year 2003. The
Common Service Centre (CSC) is one of the flagship initiatives of the National
e-Governance Plan (NeGP). It has been implemented by CHiPS with full vigour and
gusto. The CSCs provide high quality and cost-effective voice and data content
and services in the areas of e-governance, education, health, telemedicine and
entertainment primarily in rural areas. The services include various
application forms, certificates, and utility payments such as electricity,
telephone and water bills. CHiPS has already completed the NeGP target of
setting up 3385 IT enabled Kiosks in the State of Chhattisgarh. The e-kiosks
have been awarded in four divisions of the state namely Durg, Raipur, Raigad
and Korba. CHiPS have implemented e-Procurement solution for the Government of
Chhattisgarh. The whole purchase cycle including works, goods and services has
been automated from beginning to the end 13.

Conclusion

Chhattisgarh
state’s ICT infrastructure needs to be even more well developed. At least 90
percent of the micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in the state
must have an internet connection so that they can use Internet for information,
social media and other collaborative solutions for their business operations.
However, adoption of ICT equipment and use of management software packages
varies significantly depending on the size of the company and the type of
business. Companies with employee strength of 100 to 499 show a greater use of
the ICT and a better web presence than the smaller companies. However, women
owned enterprises tend to have fewer than 100 employees. The number of women
owned businesses in Chhattisgarh has been steadily increasing. They tend to be
concentrated in the service- orientated sectors such as food processing, health
care, information and cultural industries, arts, entertainment, recreation and
retail. Many women founders struggle to access and use the technology,
networks, and knowledge they need to start and to grow their business. Some
suggested steps that can be taken forward by the Chhattisgarh State Government
to revolutionize ICT and DT for the improvement of MSMEs can be:

        
i.           
Broadband Highways

      
ii.           
Universal Access to Phones

    
iii.           
Public Internet Access Program

    
iv.           
E-Governance –Governance
through Technology

      
v.           
Electronic delivery of services

    
vi.           
Online Hosting of Information
& documents

  
vii.           
Electronics Manufacturing

 viii.           
IT for Jobs