India and Public Notice are not yet good friends

220px-Rashtrapati_Bhavan_Wide_New_Delhi_India India is quickly emerging as a technology powerhouse with a population as literate and skilled as many a nation could envy.  But the practice of public notice is still an unlikely bedfellow of government and the public.  There area dozens of languages in common use, for one thing, and the news publications have circulations both particular and casual. To add complication is the problem of internet availability, though telephony is nearly ubiquitous.

Here is Xinxin Yang’s weekly report about India, and here are some highlights.

  • India gained independence from British rule on August 15, 1947. The people of India adopted a Constitution in November 1949 with the hope of establishing a “sovereign socialist secular democratic republic”.[1]
  • There are 22 different languages that have been recognized by the Constitution of India, of which Hindi is an Official Language. Article 343(3) empowered Parliament to provide for continued use of English for official purposes. According to the provisional results of the 2011 census, the literacy rate in the country stands at 74.04 per cent, 82.14% for males and 65.46% for females.[2]
  • Internet users are 12 per 100 people in India, as of 2012, according to World Bank report. [3]
  • The National e-Governance Plan (NeGP), was approved in May 2006 and is comprised of 31 Mission Mode Projects, and 8 Components with a vision to “make all Government services accessible to the common man in his locality, through common service delivery outlets and ensure efficiency, transparency and reliability of such services at affordable costs to realize the basic needs of the common man.”[4]
  • National e-Government Plan can be accessed by http://india.gov.in/e-governance/national-e-governance-plan (accessed on April 2, 2014)Indian Government websites provide “online service”, government documents “archives” etc.
  • Archive websites provide information, notice archives for government and citizens, only updated to December 2012.Social media is being used by Indian government agencies in a limited way. However, recently many agencies have taken steps to engage with their service seekers on social media. Such as, prime minister’s office, which launched its social media initiatives in January 2012.

[1] Surya Deva, Public Interest Litigation in India, A Critical Review, Civil Justice Quarterly, Issue 1, 2009. P.19-41.

[2] India Profile, http://india.gov.in/india-glance/profile, access on April 2, 2014.

[3] http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/IT.NET.USER.P2, access on April 2, 2014.

[4] Department of Electronics and Information Technology: Framework for Citizen Engagement in e-Governance. April 2012, page 4. http://deity.gov.in/sites/upload_files/dit/files/Framework%20for%20Citizen%20Engagement%20in%20NeGP.pdf, access on April 2, 2014.

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