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Role of private sector critical to the success of Indian e-governance plan

15 December 2015 Vinita Jakhanwal

The Digital India campaign announced in July 2015 has drawn investments worth US$78 billion. Through this campaign, India is hoping to connect all citizens digitally and execute the adoption of a single e-governance system across the country. IHS expects the program to drive per capita public sector IT spending in India which was estimated to be less than US$3 in 2008.

Private sector plays a pivotal role in the success of e-governance program adoption in India. Nearly 80% of the investments are backed by companies including the likes of Reliance industries and Bharti group. India's bureaucratic civil services need knowledge from private companies to promote the culture of technology adoption. The deployment of e-governance will also improve administrative procedures in terms of efficiency and transparency.

However, IHS predicts the realization of the e-governance initiative to be hindered by poor telecommunication infrastructure and the fact that internet speeds are not uniform across different regions within India. Furthermore, the large scale of implementation, low IT literacy among civil servants and difficulties in procuring and using modern computing hardware in remote areas could further delay the full execution of the plan.

Though it will not happen overnight, IHS is positive that the privates and government will overcome these limitations and continue to create a seamless e-governance setup capable of improving the country's administration efficiency.

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Vinita Jakhanwal is a senior director for IHS
Posted on 15 December 2015



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