In a move to enhance the citizen-government interaction, the state is working on an act similar to the Right to Information Act that will make it mandatory for the administration to deliver citizen-centric services electronically. Sources in the Mantralaya said that they were in the process of drafting the Maharashtra Mandatory Electronic Delivery of Public services Act, 2010. The act aims to promote electronic delivery of citizen centric services. Once the act is passed by the state legislature, Maharashtra will become the first state in the country to have this law. The legal department has been provided a copy of the act. After the department vets it, the act will be brought before the cabinet for clearance. Once cleared, it will be placed before both the houses of state legislature. Electronic delivery refers to providing government services through the internet or other electronic means. As of now, only informational and elementary content is provided on some government portals, while many are not even updated for years. The act will force the departments to have interactive and transactional content on their websites. Bureau report – NMTV News.
December 11, 2008