Planned in association with the Railway Ministry
To showcase e-governance initiatives of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government, the Department of Information Technology has decided to launch an exhibition on train that will run across the country.
Planned in association with the Railway Ministry, the theme of the exhibition would be IT and sports. “This unique initiative has been planned to inform people about the objectives of the national e-governance programme that aims to leverage IT to deliver services to citizens which include issuing various certificates, digitising land records, and providing other useful information like agricultural techniques,” said Union Minister of State for Communications and IT Sachin Pilot.
It would also provide a direct interface for citizens with the government, and allow them to proactively participate in policy formulation and execution. This would add a whole new dimension to participatory democracy. Information Technology is playing an important role in facilitating economic progress of the country and it was a key objective of the government to broadbase the access of every citizen to IT-enabled government services and e-governance initiatives, he said.
“The train would have six exhibition coaches for the Department of IT and five for the Ministry of Railways. It will halt at around 40 places. Efforts have been taken to coincide some of the halts with the passing of the Commonwealth Games Baton at those locations with a view to maximising the visibility of the train.”
The Ministry of Railways has waived all costs related to operation of the train that would be flagged off in the next few months.
The Department of IT would demonstrate its capability, capacity and the work done by its affiliated organisations in the fields of e-governance, infrastructure, technology relevant to rural India and language interfacing technology, etc. It would showcase the potential of its various arms, including the National Informatics Centre, Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, Software Technology Parks of India, National Internet Exchange of India, and Common Service Centre Scheme.