Impact Assessment of e-Government Projects Workshop at IIMA

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Ahmedabad, Nov 18 (UNI) The Center for E-Governance at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) and the Department of Information Technology (DIT) have jointly organised a two-day workshop on Impact Assessment of e-Government projects at the city-based International Management Development Centre from tomorrow.

IIMA sources said here today that the primary objective of the workshop is to share the findings and learning from the impact assessment study, and to identify a new set of mature e-governance projects that could be assessed in the next phase. The workshop will be attended by 50 senior functionaries from the state and Central government and would include parallel panel discussions during the two days.

Union Government's Special Secretary (Department of IT) R Chandrashekhar will inaugurate the workshop and release the study report.

Prof Samir Barua, Director IIMA, said the e-governance is clearly the way forward to improve governance in all kinds of organisations. IIMA is doing extensive work in the area of e-governance in the context of government organisations. It also has a Centre for e-governance.

The workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss the nature of e-governance projects being implemented by various government departments and enable the participants to learn from each other's experiences. It would also pave the way for government departments and IIMA to strengthen their ongoing collaborations in research and consultancy for better management of public services, he said.

IIMA's Prof Subhash Bhatnagar, who led the study, said ''The impact of the study is a part of the National e-Governance Program (NeGP), DIT, which includes a systematic study of mature e-government projects implemented by state and Central agencies across India under the overall guidance and supervision of IIM, Ahmedabad.'' He added that three state-level e-government projects -- vehicle registration, property registration and land records across 12 states, and three national-level projects implemented by the Income Tax department, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs and Regional Passport Offices were assessed. Large samples of citizens and businesses using the manual and computerised delivery of these services were surveyed by 11 established market research agencies to measure the impact.

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