Friday, October 21, 2011

Electronic Service Delivery Bill

It is good to note that electronic delivery of public services is proposed to be mandated in India. The Ministry of Information Technology has proposed a draft Electronic Service Delivery Bill, as per which, every competent authority of the appropriate government shall publish a schedule for delivering public services in electronic mode. It also requires that the all public services in India should be delivered in electronic mode within 5 years from the date of commencement of this bill. The bill also provides for extension of the term by another 3 years, provided it is supported by valid reasons. That means, in eight years from now, all public services in India will be delivered online. The draft bill can be downloaded from the Ministry of Information Technology website.

The bill is likely to be placed before Cabinet soon. Check out this news brief on Business Line.