The state’s IT department has already assured that it will adhere strictly to its January 21 deadline
Coinciding with its statehood day, Meghalaya government will introduce the first set of digital services under its, e-district programme from January 21 next. In the first phase of digitalization, the State Government plans to provide important certificates, including domicile certificates, birth and, death certificates, among others, digitally to the citizens. The programme will be implemented in eleven districts of the, State.
Official sources said the state’s IT Department has already assured that it will adhere to the deadline set by the government in providing, the essential documents through online applications. The next set of digitalised activities will be identified by April and work will be carried out by the Department in association with NIC. Under the e-district project, the State government plans to roll out at least half a dozen services to citizens in the first phase. These services range from issuance of various certificates to disbursement of social, welfare assistance to the target population. “The aim of e-District project is to provide end-to-end services to citizens. This means that they can apply for various services using, the internet and receive the desired service again through it,” the sources said. With issues of poor internet connectivity still a major concern in implementing the digital government scheme, the State government has asked the Central government to address the bottlenecks.
Meghalaya has been trying to leverage IT in as many sectors, as possible to enhance efficiency and maximise the government’s reach to its citizens. The State had started off by building up core IT infrastructure like, the State Wide Area Network (SWAN), State Data Centre (SDC), State Portal and the Common Services Centres to bring government services closer to citizens. Citizen centric applications have been developed to provide quality and timely services to its citizens and stakeholders. The Commercial Tax, Meghalaya Public Service Commission, Electricity Billing systems are only few such applications that have been well received by citizens and stakeholders alike.
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