Allocation on e-governance to be Rs 1030 Crore
Samir Sachdeva | March 3, 2010
The budget allocation for department of information technology has increased from Rs 2802 crore to Rs 3067 crore. But the same is pittance as compared to the announcement of Rs 50,000 crores mentioned by the senior government officer on sidelines of an event at Mumbai last month.
Even from the Rs 3067 crore, the National Informatics Centre (NIC) will take away over Rs 700 Crore and a little over thousand crore will be available for e-governance.
Though there is increased allocation of Rs 1900 crore on the UID project and Rs 1133 crore for mission mode project on commercial taxes but there was no separate mention of national e-governance plan (NeGP) or e-governance in the speech of the Finance Minister.
Does this mean that NeGP is no more in the priority list of the government? Even the Bharat Nirman Common Service Centers was missing from the speech of the Finance Minister.
It appears from the announcement of the technology advisory group under the leadership of UID Chief, Nandan Nilekani that the Government is looking forward to a change of direction in the course of implementation of e-governance in the country.
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