The British will e-Govern' Bihar

by CXOtoday Staff    Nov 17, 2008

A five-year programme to reform governance in Bihar, with support from the British government’s Department for International Development (DFID), will be launched next week.

Douglas Alexander, secretary of state for international development, Britan along with Nitish Kumar, chief minister, Bihar will launch the programme Nov 18. Titled ‘Governance Mission’, it is meant to improve governance and administration in the state.

“The DFID will provide 18 million pounds for the programme which aims to improve governance and administration in the state,” Chris Charmers, a senior programme manager with the DFID, said. DFID would provide technical expertise and finance to ensure implementation of administrative reforms.

Amir Subhani, the secretary of the state’s Personnel and Administrative Reforms department, said that initially five departments including personnel and administrative reforms, land and revenue, human resource, registration and commercial taxes, have been selected for the programme which will foster transparency, e-governance, better delivery of government services and accounting.

In June this year, DFID signed an MoU with the Bihar government to invest up to 100 million pounds for improving urban and health services in the state over the next five years.

The DFID will work in partnership with the World Bank and Asian Development Bank to begin its engagement with the governance reform programme in Bihar.