$10 bn spend on eGov on cards!

More and more investments coming in, says Communication & IT Additional Secretary S.R. Rao

PTI | February 25, 2010


eGOV @ WORK: File photo shows Guwahati schoolchildren demonstrating their computer skills to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
eGOV @ WORK: File photo shows Guwahati schoolchildren demonstrating their computer skills to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

The government plans to spend USD 10 billion on the national e-Governance programme, a senior government official has said.

"The government has committed about USD 10 billion to this programme, of which composite of some investment is coming from private partners and also from the state governments," Ministry of Communication & Information Technology Additional Secretary S.R. Rao told reporters on the sidelines of CII conference in Mumbai on Wednesday.

It is a USD 10 billion kitty currently but everyday more and more investments are coming in, he said.

"In this current financial year, it could be to the order of Rs 5,000-6,000 crore at the minimum but I think it would be as large as Rs 8,000 crore," Rao said.

In 2006, the government approved the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP) comprising 27 Mission Mode Projects (MMPs) and eight components.

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