Digital Governance and Decentralisation
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About the Book :
In India E-Governance originated during the seventies with a focus on inhouse government applications in the areas of defence, economic monitoring, planning and the deployment of ICT to manage data intensive functions related to elections, census, tax administration etc. From the early nineties, e-governance has seen the use of IT for wider sectoral applications with policy emphasis on reaching out to rural areas and taking in greater inputs from NGOs and private sector as well. While the emphasis has been primarily on automation and computerization, state endeavours to use IT include forays into connectivity, networking, setting up systems for processing information and delivering services.
Keeping this background in view, an attempt has been made in his volume to address the issues pertaining to a wide-ranging areas and aspects of Digital Governance in the context of Decentralised Governance. The topics covered include Role of Digital Technology in the Governance for Local Development with Special Focus on Smart Cities, e-Governance in India with focus on Second ARC Report, Social Welfare and its Linkages with Digital Governance and Digital India, Importance of Gender Digital Divide, Knowledge Management and e-Governance, e-Government Development Index, DigiLocker in Transforming e-Governance, Delivering Justice at the Grassroots, Decentralisation and Healthcare, CSR and its role in LSGs, Functioning of Ombudsman, Economic Status of De-Notified Tribes, Marketing Methods in Women Enterprises, m-Commerce and Legal Configuration of GST in the Indian e-Commerce Industry. The chapters are contributed by senior academics and development experts with rich experience on the core areas of the study. In their submission the authors have highlightened the existing issues and problems connected with the subject and put forward solid suggestions to revamp the system.
About Author :
M.R. Biju, is currently Dean, School of Social Sciences, Dean, School of Legal Studies and Head, Department of Public Administration and Policy Studies, Central University of Kerala, Kasaragod. He is also serving as Chairperson of Board of Studies, Public Administration and Policy Studies. He is also a Member of the Court of the University. He is the Editor of South Asian Journal of Socio-Political Studies (SAJOSPS) and Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Political Science (IJOPS). He is a prolific writer on socio-political and developmental issues and published twenty-nine books, One Hundred and Seventy (170) research papers, Seventeen  book chapters, and has reviewed over Nine Hundred books for South Asian Journal of Socio-political Studies.
His teaching and research experience, spanning more than 26 years, includes several achievements.
He is consistently making professional academic contributions in the capacity of an Associate Board member of Economics and Management, a prestigious journal published by the Technical University of Liberec, Czech Republic, as the Director and Member Secretary of the Asian Institute of Development Research (AIDR), and is a life Member of several Academic and Professional Bodies. He is also serving on the Editorial Board of International Journal of Business and Innovation, Administration. He is a member of the PG Board of Studies Political Science and Public Administration of the Central University of Rajasthan and Gandhigram Rural Institute, Dindigul.
M.R.B. Anantha Padmanabha, is working as Deputy Editor of South Asian Journal of Socio-Political Studies (SAJOSPS), has to his credit a few books (co-author) and research papers published in International and national journals. He has also presented papers in National Seminars. Currently, he is studying Political Science and International Relations at Pondicherry University.