Sunday, November 18, 2007

WSA 07 Jury Distinction (16)

Title: Rural India: e-Panchayat of Orissa
Media Format: broadband/online
Producer: Panchayati Raj Department Orissa Government Agency
Country: India
Description of the Product
The online platform of the Orissa Panchayati Raj Department is the first initiative of its kind in e-Panchayat Governance in India. It has enabled networking and communication of the 314 block offices of the state with 30 District Rural Development offices and the state head quarter. This has led to a significant improvement of efficiency and better delivery of services to the target group consisting of people living below the poverty line of 45 lakh and involving annual investment of 2000 crore rupees. About five million families benefit from this e-content government system.

The Orissa Panchayati Raj Department has started a an ambitious program in 2004 and 2005 to help people finding employment in irrigation, water conservation and planting trees near avaenues and living blocks. In this project, ICT has been used in order to support a programme guaranteeing employment and to build up a robust infrastructure in rural areas in parallel. The vision of the local government was to use ICT to inform people and offciails, interact and transact business. The system was to regulate fund flow, financial accounting, project monitoring and monitoring the beneficiaries.

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