The Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) is now well into several projects for implementing the “Mahinda Chintana Idiri Dekma”. This was possible since the Vision Ahead is an Extended Version of the “Mahinda Vision”.
Among these several projects is the National e-Literacy Project aiming to ensure that 100,000 citizens in the rural community are ICT literate within 18 months. This project is just one of the endeavour ICTA is engaged in to achieve, for example, the goal of the Instant Global Village envisaged in the Mahinda Chintana Idiri Dekma entailing 75% island-wide ICT literacy by 2017.
During the period from the launch of Mahinda Chintana in November 2005 to that of the Vision Ahead on 11 January 2010 and to date ICTA has implemented a number of programmes aimed at making more and more of the dividends of ICT reach the people especially the poor.
1. Village Awakening
- 'Nenasala' - 600 ‘Nenasala’ Rural information communication technology centres have been established island-wide.
- 'e-Society Development Programme' - ICT dividends reaching the people under this two-pronged grant programme in community assistance and partnership assistance include monitoring of price of agricultural produce, empowerment of small and medium-sized entrepreneurs, teaching of English to rural children through the internet and provision of internet and email facilities to the visually handicapped, to carry out their businesses, carrying out educational pursuits through the Digital Talking Book (instead of the Braille) and establishing an interactive study system for mastering various subjects under this project in conjunction with the National Institute of Education.
2. Eeffective citizen-centered state service
- Facilities were provided for speedily exchanging information and sharing data by launching the “Lanka Government Network Project (LGN)” and combining 325 government institutions, departments and district secretariats into one information technology network.
- Government Information Centre (1919) -A trilingual call centre open from 8.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. every day of the year enabling people to obtain information and advice about services provided by the Government to the citizens of the country in the language of their choice is in place.
- BMD (Birth, Marriage and Death Certificate Digitisation) Project - While the issuing of copies of birth, marriage and death certificates through automation was introduced, the public are now able to obtain copies of these essential documents within as short a time as 10 minutes as a result. This service is now decentralised; hence the citizens in the Colombo District can obtain their BMD certificate from any Divisional Secretariat.
- eRevenue Licence Project - The best example for “making Government closer to the public by carrying out public requirements more speedily” through the Lanka Gate project is the eRevenue Licence project. By using this web solution, citizens in the Western Province can obtain their vehicle revenue licence at their convenience from anywhere any time.
Head of Strategic Communications & Media
ICT Agency of Sri Lanka