AP develops e-Pragati project for smart cities

e-pragatiThree cities from Andhra Pradesh have been selected to be a part of smart cities mission. They are Vishakhapatnam, Tirupati and Kakinada. Now Andhra government has collaborated with Wipro for an e-governance project — e-Pragati, keeping in mind the smart cities mission.

This project aims to simplify delivery of government and citizen services.

The e-Pragati project will cover 33 secretariat departments and over 300 government agencies in the state. It aims to provide 745 services in the government to customer (G2C), government to business (G2B), government to enterprise (G2E) and government to government (G2G) areas.

It consists of 72 projects grouped into 14 packages. Based on the public-private partnership (PPP) model, the project will be implemented over a three-year period. The major components of e-Pragati revolve around seven missions, five grids and five campaigns.

These include AP Fibre Grid up to all gram panchayats, AP State Data Centre to host all the data and applications, e-Highway to seamlessly connect all the departments digitally and People Hub to house all the socio-economic data of the citizens for effective implementation of welfare schemes and development programmes.

In addition, the project covers social benefits management system covering welfare schemes, mSeva (a platform for providing a wide range of citizen services on mobile), e-AgriMarket (a platform that enables farmers to sell their produce online to get the best price) and e-Panchayat (enhances efficiency of Panchayati Raj institutions).

The Rs.2,030-crore project “will become a model in government enterprise architecture in India,” said N Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister, Andhra Pradesh.

With e-Pragati, Andhra Pradesh hopes to become the first state to conceive and execute a state-wide enterprise architecture. Wipro took eight months to develop the project. The state government has also engaged Deloitte, E&Y, PwC, and KPMG for preparing the commercial RFP (request for proposal).

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