Special Correspondent

LUCKNOW: With the e-district programme of the Uttar Pradesh Government being taken up as a pilot project in six districts, people can expect to get better services in 10 fields in the next one year.

Ghaziabad, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Rae Bareli, Sitapur, Gorakhpur and Sultanpur districts have been selected in the first phase of the e-district programme, which would continue till August 2008.

The inaugural workshop of the programme held here on Wednesday focused on the use of information technology in making the services of common use better.

The people will not have to run for procuring identity cards, land revenue and pension records, services related to the public distribution system (PDS) and licences.

Inaugurating the workshop, the Chairman of the UP Board of Revenue, V.K. Malhotra, said if the pilot project in the six districts was successful, the scheme would be extended to the other districts.

He said the use of information technology can give a new direction considering that world over e-governance has been a success story.

State Principal Secretary (Information Technology) V.N. Garg said the objective of the e-district programme was to take 10 types of public services to the people.

These include proof of income, birth, death, caste, marriage, etc., different types of pension, revenue related matters and other utility services.

He said the scheme would be implemented at the district-level by the “lokvani” committee, headed by the District Magistrate.

The committee will create awareness through campaign in radio, TV, newspapers and other mediums.

Meanwhile, the Government has appointed consultants for implementation of the e-district programme.

These would function as implementation support agencies.