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 Enabling a E-Government 

Virtual GovernanceOn September 9, 2000, the Andhra Pradesh Assembly witnessed history when Speaker K Pratibha Bharathi received a petition from farmers of the remote Siddhapur village under Nandipet Mandal in Nizamabad through email, seeking an increase in the remunerative prices for their produce. No doubt, the era of
e-governance has arrived.

What is e-governance?
E-governance is part of the Government's policy / strategy to use the online media as a tool for governance, to ensure a more transparent and open communication forum as well as to involve the participation of citizens at Increased  Participationall levels. This is carried out through the use of e-mail, Web publishing, Intranet Development and promoting citizen access.

Potential of e-governance
The AP government has best described the potential advantages of e-governance with its concept of SMART governance. SMART stands for Simple, Moral, Accountable, Responsive and Transparent. CM Naidu, has his own information system, called the Chief Minister Information System (CMIS). CMIS is a three-tier architecture with a browser as frontend, Pilot Internet Publisher 6.2 version as middleware and Pilot Analysis Server 6.2 version as the backend. He therefore receives daily information reports on happenings in every corner of the state.

Government to Citizen

On April 19, 2000, Siddapur became the fAccess to Informationirst 'wired' village in the State. Under the scheme of TWINS (Twin Cities Network Services), the State set up a citizen service internet centre in Banjara Hills with 17 more on the cards. Such community Internet centres easily solve the issue of access. Once that is done, citizens at all levels can readily access policy statements, land records, forms, etc. Thus everyone from a laptop owner sitting in Hyderabad to a poor farmer in a remote village has equal access to vital information. The inherent interactivity of the media ensures that citizens at all levels can respond and question their leaders through petitions and letters, down to the district, taluk and village levels.

Under the scheme, CARD (Computer-aided Administration of Registration Department), has replaced the traditional form of manually registering documents on immovable property transactions. The MPHS (Multipurpose Household Survey Project), maintains a database of land records and socio-economic data of citizens.

Government to Government

Besides, e-governance enhances communication between government departments. The Andhra government, under varying schemes like APSWAN (Andhra Pradesh State Wide Area Network) and SKIMS (Secretariat Knowledge & Information Management System), has linked 23 district headquarters with the state secretariat in Hyderabad. If Naidu's vision translates to reality, people in Andhra Pradesh will soon be able to get their driver's licenses, ration cards, register property and pay bills online. Little wonder that the governments of Karnataka and even Madhya Pradesh are following suit.


- Divya Unnikrishnan

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