Rs 313 cr capacity building scheme approved

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New Delhi, Jan 10 (UNI) The Government today approved the Rs 313 crore capacity building scheme for taking the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP) to all States and Union Territories.

The scheme will be implemented within three years by the Department of Information Technology, Finance Minister P Chidambaram told newspersons after the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs that gave the approval.

The scheme is mainly for providing technical and professional support to State level policy and decision-making bodies, and to develop specialised skills for e-governance.

Mr Chidambaram said the approval would help in setting up of a Central Capacity Building Management Cell for coordination and implementation of the scheme.

The Cell would work under the Empowered Committee for Capacity Building, under the chairmanship of Secretary, IT, especially set up for the scheme.

The scheme envisions establishment of institutional framework for State Level strategic decision-making, including setting-up of State e-Governance Mission Team (SeMT).

It also entails imparting of specialised training, orientation programme for SeMTs and decision makers (state legislature and senior bureaucrats), knowledge sharing and bringing in international best practices, besides strengthening of training institutions in the States.

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