Computer Society of India ( CSI ), has implemented the concept of "Special Interest Groups" to promote activities and research in dew focused areas. Special Interest Group on e-Governance ( SIGeGov) has been formed accordingly. The basic perceived objective has been to focus on an important area where Information Technology can be leveraged and bring like minded professionals together to add value by bringing out recommendations relevant to various stake holders.
India has already established itself as a leader in the Information Technology sector and create research echo system in the country in this area. Governments are under pressure to deliver a range of services in a timely, efficiently, economical, equitable, and transparent and corruption free manner to its citizens. E-Governance can have a profound impact on the poor and ultimately on the economic output and growth of the country as a whole. Information acts as a revolutionary force in bridging the digital divide. IT can vastly extend access to education, health care, financial services, vocational skills, administrative services and other aspects of the modern society, to many more people at far lower costs apart from generating employment. IT can dramatically reduce the cost of communications; improve access to technology and marketing capabilities for the rural poor. It can help in eliminating intermediary exploitation in the production and distribution chains, increasing government accountability.
The last decade has witnessed e-Governance penetrating India in both Urban and Rural areas, Central Government has announced a National e-Governance plan (NEGP) and each State has also defined their own e-Governance policies within the frame work of NEGP. The total investments being made to implement these initiatives are huge, and are impacting the domestic ICT market as well as education and training area significantly. IT spending in our country is being driven primarily by this initiative and impacting the lives of ordinary citizen across the country in a very positive fashion.
CSI is the only professional society covering individual user / Citizens as members and is most appropriately suited to focus and add significant value to the successful implementation of the e-Governance initiative in our country.
e-Governance has the capacity to take our country to the next generation and CSI-SIG-eGov plans to play a important role in that process.
To create Computer Society of India (CSI) as a knowledge Base to facilitate, promote advice and support the e-Governance initiative in our country at State and Centre level.
The following activities are proposed:
Create a repository of e-Governance initiatives in India.
CSI has instituted e-Governance Awards SIGegov is expected to organize these wards and implement the award judging process. SIGeGov also to act as the Secretariat for e-Governance awards and maintain updated data bases of all relevant stake holders in this area.
Support research in selected areas like Assessment frame work and Implementation Strategy for e-Governance Projects.
Participate in the processes for evolving standards in Technology, Processes and Data Bases.
Participate in various State and Central committees in e-Governance on invitation.
Conduct National / International conferences in e-Governance individually or by joining hand with other reputed institutions, active in this area.
Undertake to organize e-Governance Awards for CSI every year.