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Published on December 21, 2007

Author: Nikita

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Slide1:  Governance reforms and IT A practitioners’ experience with reference to “FRIENDS” & “AKSHAYA” Perception:  Perception Public systems are ineffective, lots of red tape, procedural formalities, corruption, delay IT enabled systems are sleek, smart and effective E-governance would drastically change public systems It is the lethargy and resistance on the part of employees that hold back e-governance Kerala –Background of IT enabled governance:  Kerala –Background of IT enabled governance Lot of hype about e-governance Clear understanding of government essential Government has to be looked at as an organization within the socio-political context The deliverables of e-governance needs to be defined Deliverables:  Deliverables Ensure that the government is more citizen friendly Systems for data management and activities/processes dependent on the same (Elections- photo affixed rolls) Improve transparency and social audit ( websites, call centers and bulk mailing to subscribers about government activities) Improving citizen friendliness:  Improving citizen friendliness Citizen interaction with governance on three major aspects: Payments to be made to government- taxes, duties Entitlements to be received from the government- certificates,permits,licenses Information required from government- jobs, schemes, programs Citizen focused governance needs to address these three aspects primarily IT enabling the Citizen Interface:  IT enabling the Citizen Interface Typically back end computerization essential This could be a long drawn affair A workable interface which can trigger back end computerization and prompt extensive outreach Initially focusing on payments and information Friends:  Friends The objective To induct a philosophy of service delivery in Government. To treat the citizen as a valuable customer who pays for services, to be treated with respect Friends Contd…:  Friends Contd… The objective FRIENDS an integrated electronic interface, where citizens can access Govt. services, pay bills & taxes & obtain information from Govt Friends Contd…:  Multiple computer counters deliver services in a pleasant setting,with highly trained & motivated young staff. FRIENDS centers set up in 14 districts of Kerala. Works 7 days a week, 12 hours a day Friends Contd… Friends - Overall Picture:  Financial Year 2000-2001 : Rs. 5.68 crores Financial Year 2001-2002 : Rs. 52.39 crores Financial Year 2002-2003 : Rs. 105.08 crores Financial Year 2003-2004 : Rs. 158.77 crores Financial Year 2004-2005 : Rs. 114.04 crores* ( * till October 2004) Friends - Overall Picture Friends – The Average Centre:  No. of Visitors per day– about 1458 (19588) Expenditure per month-Rs. 34688(Rs;4.7 Lakhs) Collection per month – Rs. 96 Lakhs(Rs.11.13 Crores) Friends – The Average Centre Friends – The Benefits:  Citizens: Single interface Transaction time dramatically reduced to 3-5 minutes Govt. open always Treated with respect as a valued client Corruption-free Staff Better service conditions, sense of fulfillment Friends – The Benefits Friends – The Benefits ..contd…:  Government Improved perception of Government- 99% of Customers fully satisfied with FRIENDS Enhanced revenues- growth rate of 150 % per year Demonstration of advantages of IT induction Friends – The Benefits ..contd… Friends – Limitations:  Only one center in a district Free service and viability Further expansion would require more staff deployment Extension/wider roll out has to be on a non government owned mode Friends – Limitations Need for Organic Growth:  Big demand for roll out The logic of such centers in rural areas more to do with ease of access rather than convenience Working hours not the critical factor; but access is critical Connectivity issues; viability issues Need for Organic Growth Leveraging Akshaya:  AKSHAYA was structured as a marginally unviable entrepreneurial venture Post e-literacy, Akshaya to be viable with IT enabled services E-Pay a major attraction Home collection and remittance; more IT services including training Leveraging Akshaya Akshaya- Reaching out to Citizens:  Instead of blind PPP replication, integrated with Akshaya Ensures viability of Akshaya Centers Internet banking by SBI Now 105 centers in Malappuram; one in each Panchayat Gross collection Rs.30 Lakhs in 45 days Akshaya- Reaching out to Citizens Slide18:  Thank You !

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