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Common Service Centers to be launched on November 20
DIMAPUR, Nov 19:
Published on 20 Nov. 2008 12:54 AM IST
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Department of information technology and technical education, government of Nagaland is implementing various E governance projects as part of the National E governance plan. As per this plan core IT infrastructure comprising of state wide area network, common service centers and state data centre are being created. Of these flag ship programmes, the common service centers will be launched on November 20, 2 p.m at conference hall of chief secretary with the signing of the master service agreement (MSA) between the government of Nagaland, state designated agency (SDA) which is the Nagaland State E Governance Society (NSeGS) and the service centre agency (SCA) which for Nagaland is terrasoft, Hyderabad a leading software company of the country. Terrasoft has been chosen through a bidding process that was supervised by ILandFS as consultants for the Project. As part of the scheme, the Government of Nagaland in association with the SCA will establish 220 common service centers across the state. Efficient, convenient and speedy government services, will be provided to the citizens using information and communication technologies (ICT) through the common services centers (CSCs). The CSCs will be utilized as efficient distribution channels through which the government of Nagaland can offer its services, information and schemes etc. to citizens in a cost effective, sustainable and efficient manner. The Common Service Centers will be established on a Public Private Partnership basis by the SCA i.e. Terrasoft. According to secretary ITTE and CEO NSeGS, Abhishek Singh, SCA would develop, design, build, rollout, establish, manage, operate, maintain and finance the CSCs for delivery of services to customers in accordance with provisions of MSA on a build, own and operate (BOO) basis; provided that the SCA be allowed to collect transaction charges for providing Government services as determined by Government of Nagaland/ SDA and receive revenue support, as agreed to between the SCA and Government of Nagaland, vide the MSA by enabling the private and social sector to use this network for offering a host of IT and non-IT related services to customers and users. SCA would also introduce other services for the benefit of the citizens. The existing Community Information Centers at the 52 blocks will be integrated with the CSCs with a specific condition that all existing CIC personnel will be absorbed by the SCA as per the existing terms and condition. Secretary ITTE and CEO NSeGS also informed that the project was likely to create direct employment for around 400 youth in the next 6 months and also offer efficient delivery of public services to citizens.

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