A decade ago, government services in India were totally paper-based, even though computers had started making an appearance in elite corners of a few public offices. There was still no term such as \u2018public sector IT\u2019 acknowledged in the country. Technology was best associated and understood with the private sector. However, the Digital India campaign by the Government of India brought a paradigm shift in this space.\r\n\r\nImplemented in 2015, the programmed pushed for the digitization of all government services and public-government interaction. This carved a need for unique technology and solutions that would help the government provide essential services to its citizens.\r\n\r\nSuch solutions can be categorised under the broad umbrella, of GovTech i.e. Government Technology. The absence of an established definition is perhaps the best indicator of how new, broad and rapidly developing the field is. It escapes its original meaning of \u201ctechnology for the public\u201d, constructed like fintech or medtech.\r\n\r\nInstead, it encompasses a much wider catalogue of actions aimed at making the public sector more innovative, agile and development-oriented. If you are updating governmental websites \u2013 it is GovTech. If you support your colleague\u2019s suggestion to eliminate redundancy \u2013 you are supporting GovTech. All that matters are the result of your action does something to make the government more technologically functional.\r\n\r\nSome of the current and potential use cases of GovTech in India are:\r\nPublic Involvement In Policy-Making\r\nIndia is an indirect democracy which means that elected representatives are responsible for policy-making. However, this premise was set in times when direct public involvement was not possible due to sheer size and number of people in the country.\r\n\r\nHowever, in 2011, President Obama's White House team launched an online petition tool called \u2018We the People\u2019. It allows residents to submit a petition. If 150 people sign the petition, it became searchable on the site, and if it collected 5,000 signatures within a month, the White House guaranteed a formal response from someone in the federal government.\r\nSuch an application could be extremely useful, especially for local Governance in India with several regional pockets still away from the reach of administration.\r\nMonitoring Service Delivery To The Last Mile\r\nIndia is the World\u2019s seventh largest and second most populated country. There are several geographic and demographic barriers towards ensuring seamless delivery of Government services in every village and district. For instance, how to track whether a road in a village in far North East has been repaired post rainy season? Or, how to verify the daily attendance of employees of local municipality deputed on field assignments?\r\n\r\nGovTech has addressed such problems by combining the best practices from several other industries such as Geo-tagging, photography of the local repair work in the digital logbook, or biometric identification etc. It eliminates corruption and makes public agencies more accountable.\r\nData-Driven Decision Making\r\nMaking policy decisions that impact the lives of 1.3 Bn citizens is a task of a high order. Therefore, no amount of diligence could be enough. Therefore, it is time we move on from paper-based census and other exercise of collecting periodic demographic data to a more organized digital approach.\r\n\r\nLearning from other countries such as USA, UK, and Australia, a central digital database can be implemented for this task which could be updated in real-time by the field workforce (after due verification). Factoring in the local complexities, the interface could be accessed and filled in local languages.\r\n\r\nQueries performed on this digital database could give valuable insights about the \u2018need of the hour\u2019 and be the guiding force for policymakers. Similar data collection and mining would make our calculations and projections about other macroeconomic metrics such as GDP, inflation, job creation etc. more accurate.\r\nInformation Transparency\r\nRight to Information Act was steppingstone towards making information more accessible and transparent in India. Technology played a pivotal role in providing speed, structure, and efficiency to this information. Now citizen can file their queries to respective government departments online and receive a response in less than a week.\r\n\r\nWith artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep analytics, some of these responses can even be automated, saving substantial time and cost for the stakeholders.\r\nThis also makes the government more accountable and effective in its quest of public welfare.\r\nConclusion\r\nThere could be several more ways in which GovTech can make Governments more effective. This will also have a positive impact on the lives of residents. Considering the massive potential, The GovTech Fund report pegs this industry clock US$400 billion in revenue in 2015 with a 20% CAGR. Needless to say, India will provide the centrifugal force to this market with its massive human capital, digitization drive, and policy reforms.