Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Adobe enables electronic issue of official documents in 18,000 Gujarat villages

Villages in Gujarat can now easily access their official documents, certificates and other government services online. Adobe Systems Incorporated has deployed its software across 18,000 villages in the state, transforming all the paper-based work into digital system.

This project is a collaboration between Adobe and the Panchayat Rural Housing and Rural Development Department, Government of Gujarat. Under the initiative, a range of services including certificates of birth, death, income, caste, domicile, property, residence proof, agriculture, tax collection, marriage, family information and land ownership will be issued, managed and stored electronically.

Umang Bedi, managing director, South Asia, Adobe said, "Besides transition from the old, paper-based system to the digital era, the project will also remove red tape, waiting period and bring in an effective grievance system. The design is so simple that even a non-savvy user can avail the services with ease."

The initiative of the Gujarat Government aims to bridge the digital divide between urban and rural Gujarat by providing citizens access to digital information for all government documentation.

"This technology will truly touch the grassroots of India. We have been progressively testing and adding the service to each village over the last six months. Our engineering centres in Gandhinagar will take up queries in terms of any doubt or technical glitch," said Bedi.

A K Rakesh, development commissioner, Government of Gujarat said, "Earlier, citizens had to travel to the district taluka for these requirements. Life has become much simpler for them." 

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