DIT Seeks World Bank Funds For E-governance Projects

New Delhi | Updated: Mar 25 2004, 05:30am hrs
The department of information technology (DIT) is in talks with the World Bank to raise funds for its National Action Plan on e-governance 2003-2007. So far, there are around 22 e-governance projects under this plan including eight projects at the central level, nine at the state level and five in the integrated area.

We are in dialogue with the World Bank for funding e-governance National Action Plan. We are not necessarily looking at technical assistance from them, DIT joint secretary R Chandrashekhar said at a seminar on e-governance on Wednesday.

DIT is also planning to add two other projects to its existing 22 projects. These include a project each in e-procurement and legal sector.

The National Action Plan has been drawn up by a core group set up by the Prime Ministers Office along with DIT and National Informatics Centre (NIC).

There is a strong need for public private partnership for all these projects and the government is keen on outsourcing some of the IT work to the private sector, he said.

The major focus of the action plan will be to identify services to be offered; create mechanism for public private partnership; put in place a common infrastructure and set up common service centres.

Stressing on public private partnership, National Institute of Smart Governance (NISG) chief executive officer J Satyanarayana said, NISG model was based on partnership between the government and the private sector and we hope that we will be able to draw resources and synergies between the two in future.