E-governance in West Bengal to get major boost with expansion of govt data centre
The Bengal government is all set to upgrade and expand the infrastructure of its Data Centre, which facilitates the information technology (IT) related services of different government departments.
With an estimated investment of Rs 56.64 crore, the state IT department will initiate the project which is supposed to be ready for operation by May 2017.
The government had set up the state data centre (SDC) in the year 2009-2010 under the national e-governance plan to facilitate hosting of IT services for different government departments.
E-governance has been one among the core reforms that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has successfully undertaken in the last five years. Most of the state-run services can now be availed via e-governance, which is easier, faster and apt.
For consolidation of the services, applications and infrastructure to provide efficient electronic delivery of G2G (Government to Government), G2C (Government to Citizen) and G2B (Government to Business), the SDC plays a vital role.
These services can also be delivered by the states through common delivery platform seamlessly supported by core connectivity infrastructure such as State Wide Area Network (SWAN) and Common Service Centre (CSC), where connectivity will be extended up to village level.
With these shared service centers, implemented and managed by a competent Data Centre Operator (DCO), individual departments can now focus more on service delivery.