E-Governance in Bangladesh: Problems and Prospects

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E-Governance in Bangladesh: Problems and Prospects

1. Introduction
An emerging concept, e-governance has become trendy since mid 1990s around the world, with various moves by the governments integrating information and communication technologies in the public sector management and in the process of delivering services for citizens. The policy makers of the developed countries envisioned that new developments in ICT and especially the TCP/IP protocol would pay a significant contribution in achieving objectives of good governance. So, the term e-Governance refers to the efficient and effective use of modern ICT technology with a view to establishing good governance for any country. From the management and technological perceptions, the
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4. E-Governance in Bangladesh
Bangladesh has only recently begun to take serious initiatives in E-Governance.The National Information and Communication Technology (ICT)) Policy 2002 gives due emphasis to the gradual implementation of E-Governance in all government offices. To realize the goals set forth by the Policy, an ICT Task Force has been formed with the Prime Minister as the Chairperson and the Secretary of the Ministry of Planning as the Member Secretary. In 2003, a program entitled "Support to ICT Task Force (SICT) Project" was undertaken by the Planning Division of the Ministry of Planning with the mandate of serving as an administrative and secretarial arm to assist the ICT Task Force to realize various projects related to ICT.As a result some government offices have already begun to apply ICT to achieve more efficient governance. For example, some of the Selected ICT Projects in Bangladesh are mentioned below: 1. Ministry of Finance: Ministry of Finance has customized software for budget planning, sensitivity analysis, impact analysis, financial projections and various reports. 2. National Board of Revenue: Much of the activities of NBR have been computerized. NBR is computerizing the revenue budget procedure. 3. Ministry of Science and ICT: Ministry of Science and ICT creating web-sites containing information about various ministries 4. Ministry of Communication: Ministry of Communication provides
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