e-Pragati Programme Will Empower Citizens: AP CM Tells Assembly

Citizens would no longer be "passive spectators" but would be empowered to be active participants in governance


HYDERABAD, March 26: Andhra Pradesh has launched an e-governance programme to empower citizens to be active participants in the governance process, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said today. Making a suo moto statement in the State Legislative Assembly on e-Pragati and the ambitious AP Fiber Grid Project, Naidu said the hierarchial systems in government would be replaced by an "integrated and collaborative operating model" using e-Pragati. "The single-channel, one-size-fits-all models of service delivery will give way to personalised services delivered through multiple channels. The output-driven processes will be replaced by transparent, outcome-driven procedures," he said. Citizens would no longer be "passive spectators" but would be empowered to be active participants in governance, he said. Through e-Pragati, AP would rank among the global leaders in e-governance like Singapore, Australia, Korea, France, USA, UK, Finland and the Netherlands that adopted Enterprise Architecture, the chief minister said. e-Pragati would also usher in a "certificate-less" system that would eliminate the need for citizens to produce various certificates like nativity, caste etc. "Now that the Centre has enacted a legislation giving a legal framework for Aadhar, we will use the data and integrate it to various government services. This will ensure transparency and eliminate corruption as various government services will be made available to citizens online," Naidu elaborated. AP has become the first state in the country to implement a comprehensive Enterprise Architecture treating the government as "one entity" and "not 33 departments and 315 agencies". -PTI