The State government has claimed that the spree of information technology initiatives including the Mee Seva resulted in saving to the tune of Rs. 6,000 crore to the common man.

Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy said that the initiatives, enabling issuance of certificates and other documents through digital signature, reduced dependence on the middlemen while ensuring transparency in the processes and timely delivery of services. “There is, however, a need to continuously fine tune the IT initiatives to overcome the shortcomings that are being observed now,” he said.

The Chief Minister, who inaugurated eighth edition of eIndia, ICT expo and conference, here on Thursday elaborated on how the government could save wastage of public money with the help of IT initiatives.

The government was keen on utilising IT in the interests of the common man rather than adopting technology for technology sake.

Mr. Reddy said benefits were reaching the targeted sections in time and the IT initiatives like online scholarships process helped the government save Rs. 300 crore. “Duplication and instances where scholarships were given to same set of students enrolled in different colleges have been minimised,” he said.

IT Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah said IT majors were investing in development of technologies as these investments had become a matter of existence. Revenue Minister N. Raghuveera Reddy said the government had initiated work on digitisation of land records, small and big holdings, so that banks could utilise it for lending and other purposes.

Union Minister of State for IT Killi Kriparani said the Centre was targeting US $ 300 billion revenue from IT sector by 2020 .