The digital world in which we live today is the result of several developments in automation and science, as well as modernizations and the most recent technologies. At the moment, every country desires to be completely digitised in order for the country to be legitimated in a more effective manner. The phrase “Digital India” refers to the concern about the use of different Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) such as mobile phones, personal computers, tablets, TVs, and other similar devices to promote the country’s development. The Digital India Campaign is a visionary initiative by the Indian government to transform our country into a smart, economically cautious, and digitally legitimised nation through the use of technology. To reconstruct India, the Indian government aspires to provide residents with quality and acceptable administrative services, as well as to promote coordination and synchronisation of obligations among citizens. The Digital India Campaign intends to link the people of India digitally and to convey the different government services and programmes to them via the use of information and communications technology (ICT). The notion of local self-governance is not a new one, since it has its origins in antiquity, dating back to the period of the Mauryan emperors and even before them. The path of local self-governance from the time of the dinosaurs to the present day is depicted in this study. Furthermore, in the current environment, information and communication technology (ICT) has emerged as a successful tool for the dissemination of various e-governance services, and the Government of India has formulated the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP) with an adequate service delivery mechanism in this regard. After ICT was introduced, numerous apps were developed by both the federal and state governments that contributed to strengthening of public-private partnerships (PRIs) for rural transformation. The advancement of information and communication technologies (ICTs) has created a plethora of possibilities in rural India. It is feasible for information and communication technologies to make cognition sharing more convenient, and information may be easily transmitted via the use of information and communication technologies. This information might be easily accessed and used by administrators responsible for developing rural development strategies in India. Interactions between the Ministry of Panchayat Raj and Rural Development, the Government of India, and the Panchayat Raj Institutions are coordinated. In order to ensure rural development and strengthen rural local government, the primary goal of the e-panchayat is to provide a diverse range of services to its stakeholders. A series of research phases were initiated after the notion of the e-Panchayat. The stages of information gathering and planning, information and service requirements assessment, process re-engineering, and DPR (detailed project report) preparation are all included. Finally, in 2009, with the assistance of the National Information Council, the Indian government launched e-Panchayat (NIC). Along with numerous research papers, this book sheds some insight on the importance of information and communications technology (ICT) in self-governance toward the digital India. 


Dr Shashi Punam, Associate Professor currently working at the Central University, Dharamshala,  Himachal Pradesh. She has completed her PhD in Sociology in 2012, From National Institute Technology, Hamirpur Himachal Pradesh, India. Dr Shashi completed her Post-doctorate fellowship (PDF) from JNU, New Delhi; 2019.Sheis GoldMedallist in Master of Philosophy in Sociology from HPU Shimla. She has presented scores of papers in various national and international conferences and seminars. She has also published one book and numerous research papers.  Dr Shashi does research on Socialproblems, Women empowerment, Gender& Health issues etc. She has completed her five  projects under Unnat Bharat Abhiyan, IIT Delhi one project namely ‘Declining child sex ratio of Una district of Himachal Pradesh ‘and another one project entitled Formulation of Herbal Products (Candy, Beautification products, Immunity boosters Bio-fertilizers and Washables), under CM’s startup scheme project, Startup ID:   HPSTARTUP/2020/08/20. She is life meber of Indian Sociological Society,Indian Association of Social Science and Health, Northern –Western Indian Association, Sociological Association of Himachal Pradesh, Environment and Social Development Association, Delhi. She is Senior Associate Editor: International Bi- annual Referred / Peer Reviewed Research Journal, Burnished Law Journal, ISSN: 2582-5534, Advisory Board Member of UGC approved conference at New Art, Commerce, Science Collage Wardha, Maharastra. She is the First Social Scientist of Himachal Pradesh who working on Save girl child.She got the awards Best Social worker for Community Development in HP by HP Arts Culture and Language Academy, Shimla, Best Extension Professional Award on Doubling Farmers Income by 2022, challenges, opportunities and way Forward, Best Social Scientist Community Mobilization and Rural Innovation, Best Social Worker of the State for Save Girl Child by Prerna Foundation NGO.


Ø  Introduction to Communication Technology

Ø  Local Self Governance: Historical Perspective

Ø  Role of Governance& Digital India in empowering India

Ø  Digital Initiatives by Government

Ø  Local Self-governance and Human Rights

Ø  Role of information technology for Rural Community

Ø  Role of Information technology & Local Self governance

Ø  Law & Local Self governance

Ø  E-Governance

Ø  Panchayat Raj and Rural Development

Ø  E-Panchayat

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