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Budget reaffirms digital commitment within government

The Budget also referred to existing projects such as the Central Public Procurement Portal, which already has around 3.5 lakh contractors and vendors registered.

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Last Updated: Feb 01, 2018, 06.37 PM IST
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Another project called ‘e-Vidhan’ will digitise and make the functioning of all State Legislatures paperless.
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NEW DELHI: Finance minister Arun Jaitley announced a host of technology-driven projects in areas such as budgeting, depositing fees and penalties among others. The government will implement these e-governance projects to make itself more transparent and efficient internally, and bring more convenience in the functioning with citizens.

"The Government is transforming the method of disposal of its business by introducing e-office and other e-governance initiatives in central Ministries and Departments," Jaitley said in his Budget 2018 speech.

The initiatives include a web-based Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS), administered by Controller General of Accounts, for budgeting, accounting, expenditure and cash management for more effective fiscal management of Government.

In order to provide one-stop services for depositing fees, fines and other non-tax dues into Government account, a non-tax receipt portal will also be set up. Another project called ‘e-Vidhan’ will digitise and make the functioning of all State Legislatures paperless.

The Budget also referred to existing projects such as the Central Public Procurement Portal, which already has around 3.5 lakh contractors and vendors registered.

In November 2017 alone, electronic bids for over one lakh tenders valued at around 2,40,000 crore were invited through this portal. Similarly, the third version of the Government E-Marketplace (GeM) was launched last week. This platform has 7,800 buyers, 5,600 sellers, 375,000 products and twelve services so far.

While projects such as E-Courts will bring about universal computerization of all Districts and Subordinate Courts, a National Judicial Data Grid will provide an online platform for information relating to judicial proceedings and decisions from over 16,000 computerised courts and subordinate courts across the country. Vishal Jain, partner, Deloitte India, said Union Budget 2018 continues to be carrying forward the government’s Digital India agenda and there is a vision to be ready for the future using digital technologies. "While not specifically outlined in the current budget, the government needs to increase focus on security and privacy of personal data. We have seen some concerns being highlighted in the recent past and the time is now ripe to have a strong framework around this for the future," he noted.
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