New Delhi: In a bid to make government officials tech-savvy and perk up laggards, the government has come up with an Electronic Service Delivery Bill, which will enable citizens to get reliable and efficient information in a definite and time-bound manner. The Bill is likely to be introduced in next session of the Parliament.

The Electronic Service Delivery Bill, when passed, will make it mandatory for every government organisation to deliver public services only in electronic mode from a cut-off date.

With the implementation of rule, any government information delivered through electronic means will be considered as an authentic and legitimate.

The Centre and states will have special commissions that will monitor the implementation of the rule in the departments and will also address public grievances.

The proposal was drafted by a high level committee led by the Cabinet Secretary in July last year and the IT Ministry moulded it into a Bill.

To check the delivery of the e-services, the IT ministry will create a gateway for computer network (SWAN), state data centre, common service centre and electronic service delivery at state level. All the departments will be connected to each other.

A Central Electronic Service Delivery Commission (CESDC) and State Electronic Service Delivery Commission (SESDC) at state level will be the centre point.

The head of department will be responsible for delivery of e-services. The National E-governance Plan will gain momentum after the Bill is introduced.

JPN/Bureau