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The state cabinet on Wednesday cleared the state’s Information Technology (IT) policy, paving the way for more citizen-friendly governance. HT reports.

mumbai Updated: Sep 15, 2011 01:18 IST
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The state cabinet on Wednesday cleared the state’s Information Technology (IT) policy, paving the way for more citizen-friendly governance.

The policy envisages that in the near future, you will be able to access your property card online, book reservations to state run tourism resorts or register property online.

In its next phase, the policy envisages moving towards M governance (mobile) so that you will also be able to pay taxes such as vehicle tax or power and water bills and renew your licence on the mobile phone.

To this end, all state departments will now reserve 0.5% of their annual budget for e-governance.

“This will bring greater transparency in governance and reduce costs of essential services for citizens. We also plan to use mobile telephony for citizen services,” said chief minister Prithviraj Chavan.

Kerala has already launched an M governance project. The government’s IT policy had been framed in January and then went through a round of public consultation.

The state government has set up a Joint Venture company with Tata Consultancy Services for a period of ten years. This company will set up the state portal for the requisite e-services. All departments will be asked in the first stage to compile a list of services that can be provided online and asked to implement it in a phased manner.

Simultaneously, all government files and data will get digitised, government departments and all its administrative offices, including all corporations, state-run companies and agencies will get connected.

“A central server will connect all the departments,” added Chavan.

The state plans to invest Rs 600 crore in the first phase of the project. The state departments will be asked to hike their IT budget from 0.5 to 3% at a later stage.