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Sikkim IT data centre to function from Aug.
GANGTOK, May 28 (Agencies):
Published on 30 May. 2010 11:24 PM IST
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The department of Information and Technology in Sikkim is coming up with a state data centre at its office premises, which would be functional from August this year. The principal director of IT department Rajesh Verma said that the centre would be a server firm which would be environmentally controlled and would have a good connectivity. The said centre is being initiated so that all websites are hosted at one location whereby departments would not need to maintain their own server.
The major advantage of the center is that it will help in easy updating and accessing of information of the entire department in the State. Verma added that the said project is divided into two components as far as construction and expenditure is concerned— one is capital expenditure (CAPEX) and the other is operational expenditure (OPEX)—the cost involved in both are Rs 6.4 crore respectively but with regard to operation it was learnt that the same had been tendered at a national level and Sify had been allocated with regard to operation of the said project under BOOT system (build, own, operate and transfer system).
With regard to OPEX cost it even includes the auditing cost and the company would be paid on a quarterly basis. Further more, with regard to smooth flow of the project, a third party auditing had been deployed whereas continuous monitoring would also be made critically and if any problem occurs in functioning of the said center in regard to server penalty are as well going to be made to the company.
Verma further informed that the project is the central scheme whereby all the states across the country are working on preparing the said center and added that four to five states have already begun their center.
When asked about the paper less work in the government offices, Verma said that as a pilot project four department works are under process.
Almost all the gazettes of various departments are now printed in websites only where the use of paper is less.
The department is even working on skills development for the disabled as well and various initiatives are being taken by using IT tool in making them employable.

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