13th Skoch Summit 2007
Role of ICT in Grassroots Planning and Smooth and Transparent Flow of Funds
15th - 16th March 2007, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi, India
Conference on Role of ICT in Grassroots Planning and Smooth and Transparent Flow of Funds
held in 15th - 16th March 2007 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. This conference was built together
with Ministry of Panchayati Raj.
The outline content for the conference is as follows:
Backward Region Grant Fund (BRGF):
It explored how the funds can flow more efficiently while also giving a feedback mechanism to the Ministry
of Panchayati Raj on disbursements. This essentially would involve non-intrusive monitoring of fund flows
from the treasuries to the Panchayat Bank Accounts. As a preparatory work there would be a need to
create the Panchayat databases for the identified 250 districts and also the databases of their bank
accounts. These need to be mapped on the banking infrastructure available in the districts and whether
such banks are on core-banking technology or have other mechanisms to provide feedback on disbursements.
See if such disbursements are possible within a fortnight and if such a system works can that also be used
for the Central Finance Commission allocations.
Proactive Role of the Banks:
Can banks lend to not only the livelihood projects but also projects that may create remunerative assets
(e.g. water supply, or a building that is rented to the bank itself etc.). They also bring in an element of
capacity building and management expertise that can help Gram Panchayats to create better and sustainable
answers to their felt need problems through a direct dialogue and involvement of locally present banks.
This may result in innovative partnership that results in very good projects at the grassroots level, dependent
entirely on the will of the people.
There are quite a few issues to be addressed before such an exercise can become meaningful. This includes
data formats, methodology and provisioning for data collection, role of ICT in collating, analyzing and
representation of the same in areas like natural resources, Gram Panchayat level resources, citizens databases,
good governance practices and matching of resources to the plan. There is also the important issue of having
the necessary financial allocations for supporting all the above.
Skoch Summit is the biggest confluence of industry stalwarts, policy makers, influencers and consultants on
a common platform to deliberate and debate on critical issues, identify thrust areas and formulate strategies
to improve India’s ICT-led competitive advantage.
Its time to salute excellence once again. The Annual Skoch Summit aims at sharing and learning from best
practices by showcasing case studies which have made remarkable impact on changing people’s lives and
have revolutionized the way business is transacted through exemplary use of ICT in areas of social
transformation e-governance, Banking and Financial Services (BFSI), education and affordable computing.
Skoch Challenger Awards for the year 2007 were conferred during the Summit to some such people,
projects and technologies of national significance.
Skoch Summit has emerged as the most prestigious and respected annual event for Indian IT industry and
is a serious and senior gathering of about 200 delegates from India and abroad consisting of central and
state government functionaries, academia, IT industry, economists, NGOs, Analysts and large users all
stake holders in ICT-led development of India.
A key highlight of the Annual Skoch Summit was the Challenger Awards Ceremony for 2007. These awards
were conferred on to people, projects, organizations & technologies that went the extra mile and made an
impact in India’s ICT-led competitive advantage.
Every year hundreds of “best-in-class” contenders compete for Challenger Awards that recognize and
acknowledge excellence and exemplary efforts made by individuals and organizations for their contribution in
key areas such as e-governance, BFSI, academic excellence, ICT penetration.