e-Pragati Government Services To Go Electronic By 2017

e-Pragati Government Services To Go Electronic By 2017

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e-Pragati platform will help establish Andhra Pradesh as a leader in enterprise architecture at the government level and also help the state earn revenue as e-Pragati is a commercial product that can be used by other states as well.

The state of Andhra Pradesh, under the leadership of tech-savvy Chief Minister, Chandrababu Naidu, will become the first state in the country to introduce state-wide enterprise architecture in governance. The government launched Andhra Pradesh State Enterprise Architecture (APSEA), also called e-Pragati, which is a single integrated platform encompassing all government services and linking all government departments, at a cost of Rs 2,398 crores.

Launching the e-Pragati project in Visakhapatnam, Chief Minister Naidu said that adoption of e-Pragati will be a milestone for the government as it will firmly establish AP as the leading state of India, while transforming it into a knowledge society. “e-Pragati will also help the government provide minimum government and maximum governance.”

The citizen centric e-governance project based on a ‘Whole-of-Government’ concept would enable a more transparent administration giving more value for taxpayers’ money. The project includes a number of existing e-governance projects such as the digitisation of land records under the ‘Mee Bhoomi Mee Intiki,’ farm services information programme and health records, among others. Under e-Pragati, the State government is deploying an enterprise-wide architecture for the first time.

“Land records and title transfers have been at the mercy of the officers and field staff. Digitisation of land records will put corruption and inefficiency to an end,” CM Naidu said. On the disaster management front, the Chief Minister said, “The government had installed rain gauges in 200 places across the State and piezometers (a device used to assess groundwater level at a specific point) will be installed in 840 hydrological basins, and the data will be received online and analysed. This data monitoring mechanism will help in drought mitigation endeavours.”

The project will involve 33 secretariat departments, 315 government agencies and 745 services and will be rolled out in four waves of 14 packages and 72 projects, the first of which will go live in November this year. The first wave will focus on primary sector, education and core technology, followed by health, performance and citizen engagement in the second wave. The third wave will focus on industry, rural development and urban development followed by the final wave on IT infrastructure, productivity, establishment and safety.
“All the services are anchored around key stakeholders like citizens, farmers, students, landowners, senior citizens and beneficiaries. Service delivery is supported by deep collaboration between departments in terms of information flow, application interaction and common applications and infrastructure,” the CM added.
The Chief Minister complimented Wipro and other IT companies associated with the project and sought their co-operation. Technology giants such as HP and Cisco along with apex IT industry body Nasscom have made commitments of developing innovation hubs in the state.

Features of e-Pragati

  • It aims for a transformational change in the way government services are conceived, designed, delivered and consumed.
  • The public private partnership (PPP) has been designed as a tool to provide integrated services to its citizens by adopting a Whole-of Government approach.
  • It seeks to enhance the Quality of Life by deploying the cutting edge technologies, including SMAC, in various sectors like Agriculture, Education, Healthcare, Construction, Skill Development, Urban and Rural Development.

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