The need for building the capacity of States through SeMTs was earlier approved under the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP) in the year 2008. The endeavour was to “Make all Government services accessible to the common man in his locality, through common service delivery outlets and ensure efficiency, transparency & reliability of such services at affordable costs to realize the basic needs of the common man”. Most of the States were short on capability to deal with the complexity of issues involved. Thus, for NeGP and MMPs to achieve its stated goals and to fast-track implementation of the MMPs, this was the first gap that was addressed through Institutional Framework of State e-Governance Mission Teams (SeMTs). In the last 10 years the States/UTs were provided with these high quality specialized IT and e–Governance professionals recruited and deployed through a centralized system by NeGD/MeitY. The team was created in all the States/UTs to support ICT & e-Governance projects right from conceptualization stage, DPR/RFP, Implementation & post implementation assessment and to provide guidance to all the departments for their projects.
In the much wider mandate under Digital India, State e-Governance Mission Team (SeMT) is to ensure comprehensive planning and implementation of the infrastructure, to assist in development of related applications for citizen centric service delivery to establish a more connected government. All this has further necessitated a redefinition of the roles and responsibilities of the SeMT in the States/UTs. The team’s responsibility would entail undertaking the groundwork for providing an overall technical direction, standardization and consistency through program management of all the e-Governance projects and all other initiatives of Digital India in the State/UT.