The government has approved an ambitious programme for 323 cities in the country enabling citizens to register and then receive death and birth certificates, pay property tax, water and power-bills and submit building plans online, anywhere anytime.
The cabinet committee on economic affairs (CCEA) has given a go ahead for Rs 787 crore project in the 11th five-year plan. But, the government is yet to decide whether it should be a separate centrally sponsored scheme or should be included in Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission.
The Urban Development (UD) ministry has, however, requested the Planning Commission to carve out a separate scheme for e-governance, as urban renewal mission covers only 43 cities and its funding pattern is also different.
The Urban Development ministry says that in the year 2007-08 as many as 35 cities will be covered under the e-governance programme.