NeGD (National e-Governance Division) was created by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeiTY) as an Independent Business Division under Digital India Corporation (DIC, erstwhile Media Lab Asia). Since 2009, NeGD has been playing a key role in Programme Management and implementation of e-Governance initiatives in India.
The division enjoys complete HR and financial autonomy from the rest of DIC. NeGD acts as key catalyst to support NeGP 2.0 and proactively supports central ministries/ state governments and departments in propagation of their e-governance initiatives.
NeGD has been created to support MeitY in various programme-management aspects of Digital India and for coordinating with central and state governments including in strategic planning, capacity building, development of standards, policies and guidelines, awareness and communications, evaluation and assessment, and citizen engagements through physical and digital platforms. NeGD is also implementing some key service delivery infrastructure projects like DigiLocker, UMANG, NCoG etc to enable cashless, contact-less and paper-less delivery of government services.
“NeGD is tasked to play a pivotal role in helping government build institutional structure and capabilities across relevant stakeholders for Digital India initiative.”
Some Digital India initiative undertaken by NeGD
- Evangelizing Digital India: NeGD empanelled agencies for a messaging campaign, gamification printing and merchandise, advertising and creatives for rural outreach and social media.
- Digital Awareness: To create digital awareness among children, NeGD collaborated with Intel to launch Digital Wellness Online Challenge – an online quiz aimed at sensitizing and creating a culture of digital wellness among children from class 6 to 12.
- Implementation of Digital India: To meet the growing demand of large scale implementation and roll out of e-governance applications under Digital India/ e-Kranti, NeGD empanelled consultancies. The consultancies also help programme management such as preparing RFPs and templates, project monitoring, application security audit and bid process management.
- Revamping government processes: E-governace is not just about services from government to citizens. NeGD helped in implementation of Government procurement platform (GeM – Government e-Market). The portal is expected to bring transparency in government procurement and facilitate easier and faster payment.
- Promoting common infrastructure: Retirement fund body (EPFO) has integrated with DigiLocker to create depository of electronic PPOs (Pension Payment Order), which is accessible to individual pensioners. This is a move towards paperless system.
- Capacity Building: NeGD, under the Digital India Programme has taken an initiative to offer “Online PG Diploma in Cyber Law, Crime Investigation & Digital Forensics” officials including Police, State Cyber Cells, Law Enforcement Agencies, Prosecutors and Judicial Officers through Learning Management System (LMS).
Key projects of NeGD
- UMANG (Unified Mobile Application for New Age Governance): UMANG provides unified approach where citizens can install one application to avail multiple Government services. The app provides major services offered by Central and State Government departments, Local bodies and other utility services from private organizations.
- DigiLocker: The projects aims at providing the digital document wallet to every citizen so that all documents can be made available electronically at one place and can be accessed from anywhere anytime. DigiLocker is platform for issuance and verification of documents & certificates in a digital way and promotes paperless governance.
- NCoG: National Center of Geo Informatics is a single source Geographical Information System (GIS) platform for sharing, collaboration, location-based analytics and decision support system, catering to Central and State Ministries/ Departments/ Agencies across the world. The location based dataset includes data related to land banks, mining, forests, industrial parks, water resources etc.
- RAS (Rapid Assessment System) for online instant feedback of e-Services delivered by Government of India. The main objective of RAS is to continuously assess the quality of e-Services through feedback so that respective departments may realign processes for improvement and better delivery of services.
- OpenForge: The platform promotes sharing and reuse of e-governance application source code. By opening the source code, Government aims at encouraging collaborative development between government departments/ agencies and private organizations, citizens and developers.