The e-Gram Vishwagram Project (eGVG) was launched in 2006 is a state government initiative in Gujarat, India, to establish e-governance in gram panchayats (village administrative units). The project aims to bridge the digital gap between urban and rural Gujarat by providing ICT (Information and Communication Technology)-enabled services to rural citizens. The eGram centers are managed by Village Computer Entrepreneurs (VCEs), who are trained to provide a variety of e-services to rural citizens.
The eGVG project offers a wide range of e-services, including
- Online access to government records and information
- Online filing of government applications
- Online payment of government fees and taxes
- Online delivery of government services, such as birth and death certificates, land records, and ration cards
- Online training and education programs
- Online access to healthcare and financial services
- The eGVG project has been a major success in bridging the digital gap between urban and rural Gujarat. The project has enabled rural citizens to access a wide range of government services online, which has saved them time and money. The project has also helped to improve the transparency and efficiency of government operations in rural areas.
- 13,685 e-Gram centers have been established in village panchayats. This initiative targets to promote and sustain village panchayats, the basic unit of governance rural India as the delivery point/conduit of e-services for various government departments. This project empowers rural community through access to global communication and information.
- The eGVG project has been recognized by several national and international awards, including the United Nations Public Service Award in 2010.
The eGVG project is a major success story in e-governance. The project has helped to bridge the digital gap between urban and rural Gujarat, and it has improved the transparency and efficiency of government operations in rural areas. The project is a model for e-governance in rural areas around the world.