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Chhattisgarh State with wide-ranging socio-economic disparities is now witnessing the ongoing Information Technology (IT) revolution. The Government of Chhattisgarh visions ‘Vikas mool mantra, Aadhar loktantra’ (‘Driving Development through Democratic Governance’) and believes Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is a particularly important medium for the state in reaching out and improving livelihoods specially for its overwhelming SC / ST population across 44% forest area, which had largely remained untouched by modern development.
An overwhelming proportion of this population are dependent upon agriculture and forest for their basic livelihood. Despite significant bottlenecks of limited access to market related information, monsoon forecasts, government schemes, information on modern farming practices, etc agriculture and forest contribute significantly to the State’s income. ICTs has the potential to significantly improve this contribution. In doing so, Government of Chhattisgarh seeks to create an IT environment in the state wherein investments in IT are not only encouraged but actively facilitated.
The purpose of this policy document is to set expectations for quality and excellence in state government services to citizens, state transactions with citizens and businesses, and internal state governmental operations / functions through the strategic deployment of information technologies, and a concentrated focus on the opportunities of the information and communication technologies. This policy is also to promote goals for states to achieve and to build on the work being done by the private sector and state organizations, use strategic thinking to suggest reasonable yet challenging goals for the state.
The State of Chhattisgarh recognizes the importance of Information and Communication Technology as a key enabler in its economic development and improving the quality of life.
Accordingly, the State has prepared its IT policy with a vision of establishing an information society consisting of informed, active and therefore responsible citizens the basic tenet of a true democracy. It seeks toprovide all citizens widespread and easy access to government services, in the local language effectively addressing the existing digital divide and promoting entrepreneurs.
The State's IT Policy has been designed to achieve the Governments vision of creating an ‘e’nabled Society effectively contributing to the Social and Economic Development of the State, where there are no islands of elitism or isolated conclaves of wisdom. The state seeks to create a knowledge society where access to information and knowledge would be symmetric amongst all seekers and users and every citizen must feel comfortable in accessing information through IT directly or through public - private partnerships.