The Working Group
in its deliberations has extensively analyzed the current level
of IT Applications in the country and its future potential. The
Working Group is convinced that IT is probably the only solution
for the fast paced socio-economic development in a country like
India where the population of 1 billion could be converted into
a large pool of human assets to fully exploit the benefits of this
technology to uplift their socio-economic conditions. Unlike conventional
strategies of services being planned around government schemes and
funding, the Working Group recommends that government should confine
its role to set in motion enabling processes to facilitate mushrooming
of large number of self-employed people and groups in small and
unorganized sector to develop and provide IT and IT-enabled Services
up to the remotest places in the country. On its part, government
has to ensure that its presence becomes a facilitator and not a
bottleneck. Towards this end, all licensing provisions with respect
to IT services should be removed completely, making the market absolutely
open for private sector service providers and entrepreneurs in the
country. Mass scale education programmes should be launched through
self-employed people in unorganized sector as well as by corporate
sector to enable people to take informed decisions.
Working Group has
identified some applications of higher priority to be undertaken
at different levels in the country at the earliest. Some of the
major milestones recommended by the Working Group for such high
priority are given below:
||IT Yatras (In three phases - up
to June 2001)
||At least one citizen-oriented
service in every department of central government and state
governments to be made IT enabled.
||All government regulations, schemes
and forms on Internet.
Pilot Project for computer education
at one block ( 10 secondary schools) in a 100% literate district
in every state.
Results of all public examinations
||All government Tenders on Internet.
||On-line bookings of all government
IT literacy to be essential requirement
for recruitment to government. All existing government staff
to be made IT literate.
File Tracking System in all
IT infrastructure up to working
level staff in central / state governments.
Computer education facilities
at 10 secondary schools in every block in the country
All government payments to be
made available through Internet.
All normal day-to-day government
functions to be IT enabled. No one required to visit government
offices for such work.
Land Records to be computerized
in all the states
1 million IT Kiosks
||100 million Internet connections
Working Group believes
that pursuing such applications/ schemes by the Government following
the recommended model of enabling large-scale participation of people
in its implementation will go a long way in taking the benefit of
IT to the masses in the country.