E-Governance: An Information Service Gateway of Internet Era
In today’s era of information technology information is needed in every walk of life, whether it is democracy, governance, consultation or participation. Every thing is dependent on the availability of authentic and reliable information. Government at the State and local level, is producing increasingly large volumes of information in electronic formats. The word “e” in e-Governance implies electronic information only. E-Governance, being a fast emerging area in India, refers to the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, transparency and accountability of government. With the emergence of ICTs, it is possible to locate service centres closer to the citizens,but it requires global vision and local implementation. Moreover it needs e-readiness of all the concerned citizens.This paper deals with the concept of understanding of e-Governance, its fuctions, advantages,objectives,services,and hurdles in its implementation. It also focuses on information made available online through Internet (publications) and Intranets (organizational records) and the role of libraries and archives in collecting, managing and preserving it for long-term access.
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