e-Governance expenditure to rise 37% by Dec

By agencies   |   Tuesday, 18 October 2005, 07:00 Hrs
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NEW DELHI: About 86 percent of the citizens surveyed said there has been a reduction in corruption wherever e-governance is being followed, a survey report said.

According to Skoch Consultancy Services that did the nationwide survey, the instances of corruption has drastically decreased as most government documents, tender and general notification are online, which has reduced corruption.

The report also said the government expenditure on e-governance is expected to rise by 37 percent by the year-end.

Speaking at the launch of the report, Skoch Consultancy Services CEO Sameer Kocchar said the Government’s spending on IT initiative is likely to be around $709 million by the end of December, up from $511 million in 2004 and surpass $1.16 billion by 2007.

Kocchar also said it was a myth that only urban India could handle IT. “The projects covering rural India got significantly high citizen approval in the report, with Suvidha in Punjab and Rural e-Seva in Andhra Pradesh rated at the highest of 8.9 nationally,” he said.

He also said most of the IT spending in the next two years will go to rural projects, education, common services center and communications connectivity.

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