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Government of India
Ministry of Communications
11-November-2010 18:06 IST
National e-Governance Advisory Group Meets Tomorrow

Indian Language Technology Proliferation and Deployment Centre to be Launched
The National e-Governance Advisory Group (NAG) under the Chairmanship of the Minister of Communications & IT will meet tomorrow, November 12, 2010 at Scope Complex, New Delhi. In this meeting several eminent personalities from private sector and academia along with IT Ministers from several states will share their experiences and expectations. The Group has been reconstituted last fortnight in view of the changes at various levels and to have a wider representation. It was first constituted on March 29, 2005 for the effective management of the National e-Governance Programme (NeGP).

The National e-Governance Advisory Group has been formed with representation from both Central and State Government, NASSCOM, Public and Private Sector academia among others, to solicit views of external stakeholders and to provide inputs to and advise the Government on policy issues. These inputs and advice are also used for strategic interventions necessary for accelerating introduction of e-Governance across Central and State Government Ministries/Departments.

The Indian Language Technology Proliferation and Deployment Centre (ILTP-DC) will also be launched for public use on this occasion. The ILTP-DC- a single window access system to linguistic resources and tools - is a result of concerted efforts of the Technology Development for Indian Languages (TDIL) programme of DIT and premier partnering institutes such as IITs, IIITs, and Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) etc.

The mammoth exercise of creation of the National Population Register and collection of Biometric Data for the same will also be showcased during this event.

The commercial success of India’s Telecom and IT industry has brought an information and social revolution in which connectivity is seen as a key enabler. However, to what extent IT & Telecom is enhancing the capacities of India and its population to tackle the challenges related to health, education, poverty, security and the environment remains paramount. Whether digital inclusion is leading to inclusive growth continues to remain the cornerstone.

In order to harness the immense potential of Information Communication Technologies for inclusive growth, the Government of India has embarked on an ambitious initiative- the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP), which aims to provide a host of services to the citizens, businesses, employees and the Civil Society in a convenient, efficient and transparent manner. World over, e-Governance is seen as a significant enabler and facilitator of good governance. The scope of ‘good governance’ includes attributes such as Service-Centric approach, citizen-centricity, speed and certainty of delivery of services, integrated delivery of services, focus on outcomes, accountability, promoting right to information, inclusion of disadvantaged communities and a focus on awareness and communications. E-Governance has a significant role to play in each and every one of these attributes.

The National e-Governance Plan (NeGP) comprises 27 Mission Mode Projects (MMPs) at the Central, State and Local Government level and Core and Support Infrastructure, and was approved by the Government of India in May, 2006. In order to ensure effective implementation, monitoring and management of the NeGP is done at the highest level of government by a Body headed by the Prime Minister and a National e-Governance Advisory Group headed by the Union Minister of Communications and Information Technology.

For taking ICT to masses, under the ambit of Technology Development in Indian Language (TDIL) Programme, a plan was put in place for creation of a portal to showcase linguistic outcomes of TDIL programme. The ILTP-DC- a single window access system to linguistic resources and tools - is a result of concerted efforts of the TDIL programme of DIT and premier partnering institutes such as IITs, IIITs, and Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) etc

The ILTP-DC will act as a repository for all the excellent research work carried out by premier research institutions in India. This will go a long way towards ensuring that language technology tools as well as advanced natural language processing technologies will be easily available to members of the general public and the research community. This free sharing of information is in line with the government’s policy of empowering citizens in India as well as in the international arena with the ICT solutions relating to Indian languages.

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