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Rural development software wins MS award

This software is making inroads in the rural sector by providing easy access to citizens about individual farmers.

india Updated: Oct 12, 2006 13:27 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

NREGAsoft, software of the ministry of rural development to monitor the implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) across the country, has bagged the Microsoft e-governance award 2006.

This software, developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC), makes available every minute detail about implementation of the NREGA online.

"A citizen can now access information about the individual labourer and the duration for which he or she has worked under NREGA and details of wages that have been paid. With this software, the government can track every single rupee," said an official statement describing the software tool.

A team of NIC engineers headed by technical director Madhuri Sharma developed the software, which is in use in "almost all" the states across the country.

The government's common minimum programme stresses the importance of improving the quality of basic governance, and from this is expected a massive promotion of e-governance, specially in "areas of concern" to the common person.

India has drawn up a National e-Governance Plan (NIEGP), to cover 26 mission mode projects, and eight support components.

According to officials, this is expected to help make "all government services accessible to the common man in his locality, throughout his life through a one-stop-shop (integrated service delivery) ensuring efficiency, transparency and reliability and at affordable costs to meet basic needs".

E-governance is the use of information technology and communication technologies to improve efficiency, convenience, accessibility and transparency in government.

Currently, central and state governments across India are emphasising on these goals, particularly where it affects citizens and businesses.

But while both intentions and technical skills exist, in many areas the implementation of e-governance plans have been hit by delays, lack of visible impact, and the slow implementation by the bureaucracy.

First Published: Oct 12, 2006 12:47 IST