E-governance in India has miserably failed. The reason why e-governance is a big failure is because neither our political parties nor our elected governments take e-governance seriously. To be serious means formulating effective policies and strategies on the one hand and their dedicated enforcement and management on the other.
Take the recent example in this regard. The website named E-Governance Standards is a platform that aims at providing suggestions to the Government of India (GOI) regarding e-governance in India. However, the site is down for maintenance/ revamping or perhaps withdrawal. The big question arises that from the date of its inception to till now what valuable contribution this site or the working groups or committees constituted under its banner have provided to the GOI? I think none. Much better and effective inputs have been provided by private individuals than the governmental machinery.
For instance, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Praveen Dalal, Managing Partner of Perry4Law and leading Techno-Legal Expert of India, the First and Exclusive Working Group on Cyber Law in India was constituted last year. It is the first and exclusive Techno-Legal ICT Think Tank of India and includes International and National ICT experts as its Members. It is providing valuable suggestions and recommendations to the GOI regarding Techno-Legal ICT Policies and Strategies that India must adopt. The areas include cyber law in India, cyber security in India, cyber forensics in India, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in India, online dispute resolution (ODR) in India, etc. Besides it is also “coordinating” National and International Techno-Legal ICT issues and is striving towards an “International Harmonisation” of abovementioned issues.
If we analyse the inputs of this platform we can easily deduce that the platform is not only much more actively participating in matters touching techno-legal ICT policies of India but is also providing its suggestions to GOI on a regular basis. This is what is required from E-governance Standards platform or any other similar platform. In short, GOI must take e-governance seriously as India needs better e-governance management.