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E-governance project to be delayed in M’pur
Correspondent IMPHAL, JUL1:
Published on 2 Jul. 2009 12:06 AM IST
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Implementation of National e-Governance Action Plan (NeGAP) in Manipur is likely to be delayed due to tardy progress in the utilization of funds earmarked for the development of infrastructures. State chief secretary expressing concern over the tardy fund utilization underscored the need for early completion of all programmes in view of the citizen’s centric nature of the project in a meeting with officials of the project which is targeted to complete by 2010. Manipur has been developing State Data Centre as per international standard under the National e-Governance Action Plan (NeGAP) and targeting to commission the same by March 2010, as put down by the Union ministry of information and technology. The installation of State Data Centre (SDC) under the NeGAP started in the state at an estimated cost of Rs. 39.04 crores to be utilized over a period of five years with of Rs 9.84 crores as capital expenditure and Rs 29.20 crores as operational expenditure. With a total fund of Rs 39.04 crores, authorities have released Rs 6.39 crores for the project including Rs 3.14 crores released in 2007-08 and Rs 3.25 crores during 2008-09. State Data Centre (SDC) which is to be housed at 4th floor of western wing of the New Secretariat would serve as a Central Repository of Manipur state and would have secure data storage as per international standard. It will meet the need for reliability, scalability, security and serviceability, officials said on Wednesday. The work of setting up and operation of the State Data Centre (SDC) would be done by selected IT firms as per DIT (Department of Information Technology) guidelines in coordination with the National Information Centre (NIC). The State Data Centre (SDC) would be equipped to host Web servers, Application Server, Database Servers, SAN (Storage Area Network), etc and would be integrated with the other two core infrastructure component, State Wide Area Network and Common Service Centres for enabling services for government agencies, citizens and business. Out of the total 42 locations across the nine districts of the state for installation of State Wide Area Network (SWAN), site preparations in 28 locations are in progress with the funds released for 30 sites. The works of site preparations are being taken up by DCs of respective districts. The total estimated cost of the project is Rs 20.55 crores which would be spend over a period of five years. Site preparations in two locations in Imphal east districts, Keirao Bitra and Swambung could not be taken up as SDO offices here are defunctional. For developing Common Service Centre (CSC) meant for providing G2C (Government-to-Citizen) service to the citizens and implementation PPP (Point to Point Protocol) mode through a private firm, the funds released is yet to be utilized. A sum of Rs 1.58 crores was released for taking up the work but no fund has so far been utilized, the source said.Out of the total fund of Rs 2.90 crore for another component of the project, Capacity Building Scheme only Rs 0.18 crore have been utilized so far. Observing that it was important to implement the project at the earliest and with precision, state chief secretary suggested drawing timelines for all activities for better monitoring of the progress, sources said.

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