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Centre sets up new firm to implement Digital India scheme

Centre sets up new firm to implement Digital India scheme

New Delhi: The government has set up a new organisation which would coordinate with central and state government agencies to implement the Digital India programme.

The Digital India Corporation (DIC) would work on capacity building for e-governance projects, besides promoting best practices, encouraging Public-Private Partnerships and nurturing innovation and technology, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters here on Tuesday.

DIC, whose creation was approved by the board of Media Lab Asia headed by the IT Minister last week, would work with all government departments to make Digital India a success.

The ministry also released a new software procurement policy to provide a level playing field for all stakeholders by determining appropriate, pre-qualification and technical evaluation criterion.

The new policy would bring uniformity in software procurement in various state and central government departments.

Prasad said tech giants had earlier urged the government to bring a model request for proposal to guide organisations across the government and obviate variations, vagaries and uncertainties.