To speed up the process of delivery of public services to the citizens through electronic mode it is proposed to enact the Electronic Delivery of Services (EDS) Act.
2) Salient Features of the EDS Bill
a) The Electronic Delivery of Services Act will mandate provisioning of all public services of all Central and State Government departments compulsorily through electronic means within 5 years from enactment.
b) Within 180 days of enactment of the EDS Act, all Departments of Central and State Government will need to identify the list of all public services to be delivered by it through electronic mode.
c) The Departments will also need to provide details regarding the manner of delivery (how) of these electronic services and their service levels.
d) It will be ensured that in addition to electronic mode of delivery of services, assisted access to electronic services will also be provided to the citizens.
e) Departments will create a Grievance Redressal Mechanism for handling complaints regarding non availability of Electronic services or deficiency in delivery of electronic services.
f) Electronic Service Delivery Commissions will be established at both the Central and State level to oversee the implementation and monitoring of the Act.
g) The Act provides for penal provisions in case of contravention of the provisions of the EDS Act
3) Current Status
a) There has been extensive consultation process over the past 8 months on the EDS Bill, with all Stakeholders including all Central Government Departments, State Governments, Industry, Industry Association, Academia and Civil society.
b) The EDS Bill was uploaded in the DIT website on 9th February 2011. All subsequent revisions have also been uploaded on the DIT website.
c) The various suggestions and feedback of the stakeholders have been considered and accordingly the EDS bill has been revised to incorporate these suggestions.
d) Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India has approved the draft Bill.
e) It is proposed to introduce the EDS Bill during the winter session of the Parliament
The EDS Act Bill will bring about improvement in service delivery and Governance by ensuring legal mandate for delivery of services in electronic mode.The EDS Bill is hosted at http://mit.gov.in/content/draft-electronic-delivery-services-bill-2011