Changing paradigm in government business

DQW Bureau
New Update

There is a plethora of government

opportunity that can be explored and banked upon by the Indian SPs.

This is what Ashis Sanyal, former Senior Director-Department of

Information Technology, Government of India, believes. “For

sustainable inclusive growth, we see ICT as an effective enabler for

inclusive growth, deployment of ICT in all walks of government

business, massive application of electronic governance, and there is

a need to bring in citizen-centricity in government activities,”

said Sanyal. One area where the Indian SPs can delve

deep into the government sector is National e-Governance Plan (NeGP).

NeGP has been formulated with inclusive vision, wherein the

government has identified citizen-centric services. NeGP's vision is

to make all government services accessible to the common man in his

locality through common services. It ensures efficiency and

transparency and features centralized initiative but de-centralized

implementation. According to Sanyal, NeGP involves

public-private partnerships as the preferred financial/operational

model; centralized program management; state-wise project level

management; and PMU created in almost all projects wherein external

consultancy is used. Furthermore, government is moving from product

procurement to service, as it believes that asset creation is not the

solution. Today, most of the NeGP projects are deploying the PPP

model, as government is seeing value in PPP model for ICT

infrastructure development projects.

As far as NeGP is concerned, Sanyal

sees forward and backward linkage between SPs and government

agencies. There is potential business opportunity under NeGP for SPs,

as it has massive core infrastructure services like SWANs, SDCs, and

CSCs amongst others. Also, ICT Capex is amortized as Opex over the

project period. Moreover, SPs should not forget the mobile

environment, as it provides an extremely conducive eco-system for

them to grow exponentially. With rural mobile penetration and

infrastructure going up, it can be certainly said that SPs have a

long way to go and prove their mettle.