Sops to spur e-district rollout

Sops to spur e-district rollout

 While one is for speedy implementation, the second is for efficient delivery of services, according to official sources. These incentives, sources said, are being established both at state and national level.

At state level, sources said, three categories of prizes/incentives have been proposed, under the slew of guidelines issued by Department of Information
Technology for national rollout  of e-district mission mode project.

For states with less than 10 districts, first district to implement will receive cash award of Rs 1 lakh  for the entire team led by district collector.

For states with less than 30 districts, it would be Rs 1 lakh and second prize Rs 75,000. For large states with more than 30 districts, the first, second and third prizes would be Rs 1 lakh, Rs 75,000 and Rs 50,000 respectively.

National level

Likewise,  at  national level, the first, second and third prizes, carrying cash awards of Rs 3 lakh, Rs 2.25 lakh and Rs 1.50 lakh, respectively, will be awarded to those district collectors who successfully establish e-district project in their respective district speedily.

The Centre, which estimates cost of implementation for each district at Rs 2.43 crore, sources said, would be releasing funds in three installments. The first will be 20 per cent of project cost, second 50 per cent and third and final 30 per cent of project cost, subject to states meeting various stipulated conditions.  

Official sources further said, while at national level five service categories have been identified namely: issue of various certificates, social welfare schemes, revenue court, ration card and Right To Iinformation (RTI) services. At state level, an indicative list of 17 service categories have been suggested.

These include marriage, revenue, electoral, court, utility, education, health, police, employment et al. States would be required to identify and notify at least 20 services for e-delivery.