Need for e-Governance is now more than ever: Arpan Bansal

Five ways how e-governance can modernize government departments

Arpan Bansal | August 26, 2020


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Governments across the globe are undergoing digital transformation to ensure effective service delivery, transparency, and better accountability to its citizens. The ongoing pandemic has further propelled this journey by making government agencies adopt a digital-first approach that supports remote processes.

The need for e-Governance is now more than ever. Government organizations need a robust and scalable e-Governance framework that leverages digital automation products and modern technologies to streamline key processes and develop an agile operational infrastructure. Accelerating digital initiatives with e-governance can help governments to become more efficient, effective, and citizen-centric.

Furthermore, it can​ ​reform government-to-government operations​ ​to enhance government-to-citizen interactions​ ​enable seamless government-to-business transactions

Here are five ways in which e-Governance modernizes the operations and administrative processes for government agencies:

Facilitating a digital workplace
e-Governance forms a strong foundation for enabling a digital workplace. It supports a digital office setup with paperless administration, automated processes, and transparent governance. It can automate and transform a diverse range of administrative processes for enhanced efficiency, large-scale digitization, and contextual content management.

e-Governance also ensures a digitally connected ecosystem by connecting government, businesses, and citizens through seamless interfaces. This enables government agencies to address citizen requests efficiently and allow access to services and information on-the-go for citizens and businesses across multiple channels.

Monitoring critical correspondences
Government agencies can automate the movement of files and correspondences from their creation to their archival with the help of an e-Governance solution. This results in better collaboration across departments and reduces the transition time. The solution also auto-allocates queries to the concerned departments, thereby making it easier to adhere to deadlines. e-Governance can manage both inward and outward correspondences with electronically driven note sheets.

Enhancing decision-making and efficiency
Decision-making is a core responsibility for governance, and e-governance facilitates government agencies at any time, anywhere access to the right information. Furthermore, a paperless office minimizes the turnaround time for decision-making, increases transparency and accountability, and facilitates better accessibility of public services.  

e-Governance also reduces manual hand-offs by digitally processing documents through a centralized system, thereby making it more accurate and efficient. Its extensive tracking capabilities provide a comprehensive view across processes, enabling agencies to identify and bridge functional silos. It transforms citizen services and makes them highly efficient by managing content, processes, and communication.

Increasing security and compliance
The e-Governance framework is built to imbibe security, accuracy, and transparency in information exchange. It eliminates dependency on any system or physical infrastructure in key decision making. The government can keep functioning anytime and from anywhere without any threat of information leakage.

e-Governance also has the capability to maintain audit trails and comply with regulations and policies for the long-term archival of content. It can also facilitate users by providing the information as and when required.

Enabling distributed working
The physical handling of files and notes is unthinkable under the current circumstances. The COVID-19 crisis demands a touchless environment, a need that can be addressed with e-Governance.

e-Governance reforms administrative processes to realize a paperless office that delivers a consistent and omnichannel user experience. It allows for interoperability across departments with seamless information exchange, ensuring timely service delivery and better decision making while facilitating remote working. It enables government agencies to collaborate in real-time across geographies for quick resolutions for evolving citizen needs.

An e-Governance framework optimizes the time and costs incurred by government agencies for administrative processes. It eliminates informational silos across departments with a unified platform, leading to enhanced collaboration and shortened service delivery cycles. Its scalability and adaptability can transform government departments into future-ready organizations.

(Arpan Bansal is the global head of Newgen center of excellence & delivery for government sector)

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