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The State, IT and Development
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The State, IT and Development

First Edition
Edited by:
  • R K Bagga - International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad
  • Kenneth Keniston - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • Rohit Raj Mathur - Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad, India


November 2005 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Information technology (IT) has brought about a major shift in the nature and speed of knowledge processing, thereby transforming the way business and, indeed, governments, function. An integral aspect of social capital, IT can either be an empowering force for the marginalized, or be instrumental in creating a new dimension of inequality. Harnessing IT for effective socio-economic transformation into an epistemic society has created a need to revisit prevailing notions of governance and development in the country, which is confronted with resource constraints and a yawning digital divide.

Conceived against this background, this volume consists of 21 chapters written by authorities responsible for planning and implementing IT in India, including the President of India, H.E. Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, senior government officials, IT professionals and scholars. The volume contains case studies of the application of IT in India, both in agriculture and in improving public service delivery systems.

 
Preface
 
PART ONE: THE ICT ROUTE TO DEVELOPMENT
R K Bagga, Kenneth Keniston and Rohit Raj Mathur
State, ICT and Development
The Indian Context

 
A P J Abdul Kalam
A Vision of Citizen-Centric E-Governance for India
Jayaprakash Narayan
Governance
Virtual to Real

 
E A S Sarma
ICT and Good Governance
Sameer Sachdeva and Rohit Raj Mathur
Incentives for Good Governance
 
PART TWO: CHALLENGES BEFORE THE STATE
Shyamal Ghosh
Bridging the Digital Divide
Options for India

 
Kamal Kant Jaswal
Policy Issues in Bridging the Digital Divide
T H Chowdary
Regulatory Framework to Facilitate Universal Connectivity in India
Pavan Duggal
Cyber Law and Its Implementation in India
N Vittal
Role of ICT in Minimizing Corruption in India
Paven Malhotra
Technology and the Politics of Corruption
Andhra Pradesh's CARD Experience

 
V Prithviraj, S Gopinathan and K P Sunil Kumar
Organization Process Documentation and Integration for E-Governance
Improve Internally to Serve Well Online

R K BaggaCritical Message for Digitizing Governments
 
PART THREE: ICT INITIATIVES IN DEVELOPING INDIA
Phani Kumar
eSeva
Transforming Service Delivery to Citizens in Andhra Pradesh

 
Sanjay Jaju
Delivery of Civic Services Online
The Saukaryam Way

 
Aruna Sundararajan
ICT for Rural Masses
The Kerala Experience

 
 
PART FOUR: THE ROAD AHEAD
V Balaji
Agricultural Extension
Key Component in E-Governance Projects in India

 
V V Rajsekhar
Building ICT-Enabled Partnerships in Rural India
Satyan Mishra and Amit Gurung
Of Social Capital and Financial Returns
The Pain and Pleasure of Nurturing Drishtee

 
J Satyanarayana
Promoting E-Government Through Partnerships
R K Bagga and Rohit Raj Mathur
ICT for Development
Recommendations Emerging out of the Policy Environment in India

 
 
Index

This book brings together thoughts on how policy initiatives, investments, R&D and incentives aim at opening `windows of opportunity to large segments of Indians who find themselves left out of the digital loop…. The book is essential reference not only for its entertaining style but also for the wealth of information it contains.

Business Line

This edited volume surveys the impact of ICTs on engendering an effective socio-economics transformation of India into an epistemic society…the volume makes a compelling case for recognizing the use if ICT in assisting socioeconomic development by improving the accountability and transparency of government activity.

Journal of South Asian Development

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