Maharashtra sets up IT company to boost e-governance reforms

  • Ketaki Ghoge, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jul 22, 2016 16:48 IST
CM Fadnavis stressed on e-governance as a means to bring about greater transparency in administration and to weed out systemic corruption. (HT File Photo)

In a boost to e-governance reforms, the state cabinet gave in-principle approval to set up the Maharashtra Information Technology Corporation on Thursday, for all its IT-based applications and infrastructure.

The Modi-led government has planned several IT reforms under its Digital India initiative that Maharashtra has co-opted and the newly-set up company will now be tasked to implement.

“So far, our IT programmes and initiatives have been driven by departments independently and are vendor-based. With this company at the helm, the plan is to consolidate all our existing databases, such as the home, revenue, excise and transport, to have a single e-enterprise databases. Initiatives under Digital India, such as the scholarship gateway and our services portal Aaple Maharashtra will come under the company’s ambit,” said a senior official associated with this project.

The fully-government owned company will be headed by a managing director and a board of directors on the lines of Maharashtra state road development corporation.

In the next three years, the Fadnavis government is hoping to roll out massive IT reforms, including the laying of 3.5 lakh km of fibre optics through the state under its Bharat net programme, which hopes to connect rural households to broadband.

The 800-km Mumbai-Nagpur expressway that has been dubbed ‘the super communication expressway’ will also develop 20-odd townships that will have SMART features like broadband connectivity. Other reforms include state’s e scholarship platform, services portal, digitisation of all land records and online permissions and licenses.

Earlier, there have been attempts to make administration paper-less but this has only worked partially. Now, reforms such as the digitisation of entire administration process will be rolled out under the new company.

In the next stage of reforms, Fadnavis plans to separate the IT department from the general administration department to give it more budgetary support and powers. He has stressed on e-governance as a means to bring about greater transparency in administration and to weed out systemic corruption.

However, so far the government has not been successful in ensuring this.

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