- NATIONAL E-GOVERNANCE PLAN IN AGRICULTURE (NEGPA)
NATIONAL E-GOVERNANCE PLAN IN AGRICULTURE (NEGPA)
Focus: GS II- Polity and Governance
Why in News?
NeGPA has been continued now as a part of Sub Mission on Agricultural Extension (SMAE) under National Mission on Agricultural Extension & Technology (NMAET).
e-Governance in India
- e-Governance in India has steadily evolved from computerization of Government Departments to initiatives that encapsulate the finer points of Governance, such as citizen centricity, service orientation and transparency.
- Lessons from previous e-Governance initiatives have played an important role in shaping the progressive e-Governance strategy of the country.
- Due cognizance has been taken of the notion that to speed up e-Governance implementation across the various arms of Government at National, State, and Local levels, a programme approach needs to be adopted, guided by common vision and strategy.
- This approach has the potential of enabling huge savings in costs through sharing of core and support infrastructure, enabling interoperability through standards, and of presenting a seamless view of Government to citizens.
National e-Governance Plan (NeGP)
- The National e-Governance Plan (NeGP), takes a holistic view of e-Governance initiatives across the country, integrating them into a collective vision, a shared cause.
- Around this idea, a massive countrywide infrastructure reaching down to the remotest of villages is evolving, and large-scale digitization of records is taking place to enable easy, reliable access to the internet.
- Further, with a vision to transform e-Governance for transforming Governance and keeping in view the need to utilize emerging technologies such as Cloud and Mobile Platform and focus on the integration of services, the Government has proposed to implement “e-Kranti: National e-Governance Plan (NeGP) 2.0” under the Digital India programme.
- National e-Governance Plan has been launched with the aim of improving delivery of Government services to citizens and businesses, is guided by the following vision: “Make all Public Services accessible to the common man in his locality, through common service delivery outlets and ensure efficiency, transparency and reliability of such services at affordable costs to realize the basic needs of the common man.”
National e-Governance Plan in Agriculture (NeGPA)
- National e-Governance Plan in Agriculture (NeGPA) was launched in 2010-11 in 7 pilot States.
- In 2014-15, the scheme was further extended for all the remaining States and 2 UTs
- It aims to achieve rapid development in India through use of Information & Communication Technology (ICT) for timely access to agriculture related information to the farmers.
Key Objectives of NeGPA
- Bringing farmer centricity & service orientation to the programs
- Enhancing reach & impact of extension services
- Improving access of farmers to information & services throughout cropcycle
- Building upon, enhancing & integrating the existing ICT initiatives of Centre, and States
- Enhancing efficiency & effectiveness of programs through process redesign
- More effective management of schemes of Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare
- Promoting a common framework across states