Sunday, 18 November 2012

Guidelines For PDF For World Bank Assisted Indian E- Delivery of Public Services DPL Project

The Government of India received a loan from World Bank towards programme management and financial support for National e-Governance Plan (NeGP), for an amount of US$ 150 million (about Rs 700 crore) during 2011-12. The loan is referred to as “India: e-Delivery of Public Services Development Policy Loan” and is envisaged to support NeGP’s countrywide plans of increasing online services for citizens in their locality, to improve the quality of basic governance in areas of concern to the common man.

With a view to facilitate preparation of project proposals, DeitY has, vide its Office Memorandum no. 2(1)/05-EGD(Vol-IV)(Pt IV)(14147) dated 31st Oct 2012 circulated detailed Implementation Guidelines. These Guidelines, inter-alia, provide for a “Project Development Fund (PDF)” under which proposals seeking funding assistance for formulation and development of new projects have been sought.

The present Guidelines have been formulated to facilitate Ministries/Departments and States/UTs in formulation and submission of proposals for accessing funding assistance under the above referred PDF facility.

To provide assistance for project formulation and project development to Ministries/Departments of Government of India and the States/UTs and to ensure expediting electronic delivery of services, a corpus fund titled ‘Project Development Fund (PDF)” for World Bank assisted “India: e-Delivery of Public Services DPL Project”, with an initial contribution of Rs. 20 crore is being set up. This amount would be available from Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY’s) budgetary allocation available for 2012-2013 under externally-aided project and would be administered by the National e-Governance Division (NeGD) under DeitY.

Project Development Fund aims to provide financial assistance to the Centre/State/UTs for formulation and conceptualization of New & Innovative Initiatives.