e-Governance in India has both positive and negative elements.
First the positive ones
- India has the largest number of “award winning” eGovernance projects (Bhoomi in Karnataka, Dhrishti in Rajasthan and e-Sewa in Andhra Pradesh, for example)
- Indian projects have seen many innovations
- There are projects like MCA21 (where half a million companies file their quarterly returns online), Courts computerization (judgements becoming available on the Net within 24 hours) etc.
- Under National e-Governance Project (NeGP) Government of India has committed more than Rs 20,000 Crores
- Under NeGP there is a proposal to set up 100,000 kiosks under Public Private Partnership
The negative ones
- There is more emphasis on spending money than on creating value
- The emphasis is on “e” (computerization) and NOT on governance
- Too many “pilots” (what Prof Keniston of MIT terms as “graveyard of failed projects”)
(Keynote address in e-Governance Conference, Dayanand Sagar Institutions, Bangalore, November 27, 2008)