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E-business project yet to see light of the day

A JOINT United Nations (UN) and Centrally-funded ?e-business? project to facilitate online transactions related to government taxes, banking, insurance and even facilitating faster VISA procedures for the trade and industry in Uttar Pradesh is yet to take off in the State.

india Updated: Feb 06, 2006 01:21 IST

A JOINT United Nations (UN) and Centrally-funded “e-business” project to facilitate online transactions related to government taxes, banking, insurance and even facilitating faster VISA procedures for the trade and industry in Uttar Pradesh is yet to take off in the State.

After an interaction with J Satyanarayan, chief executive officer of the National Institute of Smart Governance, Hyderabad, in the State capital recently, senior officials have been mulling over the idea that a world-class web portal would be set up by the Uttar Pradesh Government to kickstart an “e-business” project from Lucknow in the State.

The status of “e-business” project which was to be launched in the states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Haryana which were part of the UN and centrally-funded initiative is also unclear as the Uttar Pradesh government had till now avoided discussing the status of the project in other States. Moreover, the quantum of fund allocation for completing the project and whether the funds have been received by the government had also not been disclosed by the State government officials.

Senior officials in the Industries Department were unavailable for comment when contacted by Hindustan Times.

The “e-business” model was to be adopted by the Uttar Pradesh government with the prime objective of even “centralising” all data related to the state or the central government policies available online through a single portal for its effective use by the industry. The model talked about an “online grievances redressal” system aimed at solving the various problems of the industry from the proposed web portal still awaiting to be launched in the State.

While announcing the ambitious plans the “e-business project” which was to be launched as a “pilot project” from Lucknow last year, senior officials had even stated that the state government would no longer have to depend on its own internal financial resources to start the “e-business” project as the same was being jointly funded by the United Nations and the Central government.
The government in a statement released to the media last year had stated that it would only act as a “facilitator” in the “e-business” project and would ensure sufficient participation of private investors to run the project.

There had been talk of appointing a “nodal officer” and also discussion on a “Road Map” for development of the “e-business” platform when it was ready in the State. It had been slightly more than a year now and the government is yet to make even a formal announcement regarding the launch of the “e-business” model in the State.