Andhra Pradesh government approving the implementation of e-Pragati project has been the talk of the town. This 2400 crore e-Pragati project is a comprehensive e-governance project aimed at simplifying the process of delivery of government and citizen services. IT giant Wipro is associated with this project to provide framework for implementing e-governance, transforming the state of Andhra Pradesh to digital AP. This e-Pragati project was aimed to provide helping hand in the e-services to the citizens of AP.
The state of Andhra Pradesh can now boast of being the first state in India to devise and execute state wide enterprise architecture. Mr Chandrababu Naidu was of the opinion that, this project would become model in Government Enterprise Architecture in India. It must be noted that, this e-Pragati project covered 33 secretariat departments and 300 agencies of the government. It strives to provide 745 services in government to customer, G2C, government to business G2B, government to enterprise, G2E and government to government, G2G areas. There are 72 projects in 14 packages with estimated expenditure of Rs 2358 crores. It was stated that funding and execution of the projects would be carried out in three years. One important thing would be the investment by the government of Rs 1528 crores and rest by the public-private participation, PPP.
Seven missions, five grids and five campaigns form major components of the e-Pragati scheme that also includes AP State Data Centre to host all applications and data, AP Fibre Grid up to all gram panchayats, an e-Highway to connect all departments digitally and People Hub to house all the socio-economic data of the citizens for implementation of welfare schemes and development programmes.
It must be noted that, Lab Hub with details of land, Dial AP (call centre for citizens to access services), e-Learning platform that provides online material to improve quality of education form other services or projects of e-Pragati. Other social benefits included welfare schemes, mSeva (a platform that gives wide range of citizen services on mobiles), e-Agri market that is involved in selling of farmers products online to get the maximum rate and e-Panchayat (increases efficiency of panchayat raj institutions). The Andhra state’s initiative for implementing e-Pragati to education is one great example for other states to bring focus to the point why govt must focus on e-learning and digital education promotion more and more.
It must be noted that the opposition party, YSR Congress party charged CM of AP, Mr Chandrababu Naidu, of being preoccupied with Singapore. Cancellation of the decision to acquire land for infrastructure development to help foreign companies with those in Singapore was demanded by YSRCP. Loan Waiver Success Yatras of chief minister were also laughed and criticized. Mr K.Parthasarathy, spokesperson of YSRCP sounded harsh while commenting about AP chief minister Mr Chandrababu Naidu and spoke about the obsession of CM towards the country of Singapore. He vented out his anger on Mr Chandrababu Naidu and said no loan was waived after Telugu Desam Party, TDP, came to power and further said that, the assurance of power supply to the farmers also came down from 12 hours to 7 hours and it had resulted in many problems to the farmers.