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Lokvani is a public-private partnership e-Governance programme which has been initiated with the combined efforts of both the district administration as well as the National Informatics Centre in the district of Sitapur which has an 88% rural population with a 38.86% literacy rate (Times of India, 2005; Pioneer 2005).
It is an outstanding example of a highly cost-efficient, economically self-reliant and user financed community network. This solution is targeted at 3.6 million citizens residing within the district, located in the province of Uttar Pradesh, which is the world's sixth largest political entity in terms of population. Lokvani has been projected as a commitment to the people in providing them with transparent, credible and accountable systems of governance. This system is grounded in the rule of law, encompassing civil, political as well as economic and social rights underpinned by accountable and efficient public administration for the multiphase development of rural people. The primary objective of the IT solution is to bridge the digital divide and "connect" the common man to the strategy makers in a seamless fashion.
Lokvani stands out amongst all other e-Governance projects as it symbolizes the success of the concept of e-accountability, the next step of e- Governance. While other e-Governance efforts are limited to serving the citizens by providing existing services electronically, Lokvani goes beyond that and makes government functionaries accountable to the citizens.