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Aruchal all set for a giant leap in IT sector

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Itagar, June 19: The Digital Mission of Aruchal Pradesh got a major boost after a detailed roadmap was agreed upon by the Centre on Thursday last during a threadbare deliberation by a team led by state chief secretary Shakuntala D Gamlin with Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY) Secretary Aru Sharma, NIC Director General Nita Verma and their respective officers at Electronics Niketan, New Delhi.

The purpose of the high-level strategy meeting which was attended by the top decision-makers was to address the various issues and bottle-necks with regard to IT, e-Governce and Telecom issues in the state, an official communiqué informed here today.

The chief secretary briefed about the status of various core infrastructure projects including tiol Optical Fibre Network (NOFN), State Wide Area Network (SWAN), Supervisory Development Centre (SDC), Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) and tiol Knowledge Network (NKN) saying that though these projects were in traction within the state but their progress was slow.  

Gamlin urged DeitY to strengthen the infrastructure comprehensively and called for a different approach for the state.

A fast tracking strategy for the IT initiatives was agreed upon for a turnkey solution by the Centre through NIC for both the State Wide Area Network and State Data Center in the state, the communiqué informed.

Shifting fast to high gears, the chief secretary called for an immediate roll-out of existing citizen-centric and governce related e-Solution of NIC after customization for the state’s requirements which the Centre agreed to implement in a time-bound manner.

Till the Optical Fiber Connectivity (OFC) comes to the state, alterte connectivity technology by usage by leveraging satellite capabilities of the Centre to take e governce to all parts of the state was also agreed upon and VSATs would be established in 100 administrative centers fully funded by Centre which, is expected to be rolled out in the next six months.

Acting positively and immediately to this strong message, a massive IT capacity building initiative involving both government servants and citizens to create a pool of IT literate ecosystem in the state has been drawn up.

Boldly positioning on the above, the state government would take up the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) initiative paving a clear-cut and specific way for a transparent delivery of services to the citizens. In this regard, the NEILIT centers in the state are to be used for training delivery and more, the communiqué said.

The outcomes of this strategic meet would be a big boost to the Digital mission in the state with a paradigm shift in key decisions taken in the meeting which lasted for nearly 2 hours.

Strongly supporting the chief secretary’s positive plan for IT, DeitY Secretary gave clear cut directions to the senior officials to assist, support and handhold Aruchal Pradesh in making it a demonstrable digital state in India by use of alterte technology.

The Centre also agreed upon certain important initiatives including creation of 100 administrative centres in the state with use of alterte technology within 6 months, laying of NOFN cable along the Trans-Aruchal Highway, in-depth VSAT throughout the state as alterte back-up, setting up of digital sewa kendra’s at VSAT locations, ebling wi-fi access through VSATs for public access after office hours, comprehensive IT mapping of the state by NIC and DeitY including tele-density and internet penetration up to last mile, NIC manpower enhancements and immediate replication of the Drug Procurement System with e-Medical Records in the state. The CS was accompanied by Commissioner (Fince) and Secretary (IT), the communiqué added.

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