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For providing best IT-related initiatives

Speaker Somnath Chatterjee to give award in November

Goa adjudged the best State in e-governance

SHIMLA: Himachal Pradesh has been declared the second best State in e-governance in the country after Goa. Secretary Information and Technology B.K. Aggarwal said on Sunday that an assessment in this regard has been made by India Tech Foundation, Mumbai. He said that Speaker of Lok Sabha Somnath Chatterjee will give away the award during the 10th International Summit and Expo Power 2008 to be held on November 8 in Mumbai.

He said this premier award in the area of e-Governance will be given to the State for providing the best IT related initiatives and providing efficient, transparent, cost effective and speedy government to government, government to people and government to business services.

Basis of award

The award was judged on the criticality of IT usage, improvement in service, impact on quality and productivity, impact on society and innovation in terms of reach and reliability, tangible impact on efficiency, operational costs and decision making and demonstrating functionality of providing various information relating to e-governance.

State wide area network

Mr. Aggarwal informed that Himachal Pradesh is the first State to launch State wide area network (HIMSWAN) in the entire country and added that a Network Operation Centre has been set up to provide unified placement of data for the entire State at one place. He said that about 3000 offices at tehsil and block levels would be connected through HIMSWAN project in the near future for which a State Data Centre will also be separately set up.

He further said that all the 69 Employment Exchanges and Sub Employment Exchanges in the State have been computerised. A web based job portal for all stakeholders like employers, job seekers and the Employment Department has been started in the State. He said that computerization of all processes in Labour Offices would be completed soon. He said that 1186 Gram Panchayats have already been provided with computer hardware to computerise all services at the Panchayat level.

The State has taken a lead in the country in undertaking computerisation of 40 Police Stations under CIPA programme.

Other initiatives

Mr. Aggarwal said that touch screen kiosks have been set up at various places in the State to provide common interface for various activities and added that all the 68000 employees working in the State would be trained in computerization and IT related services and added that State Government is making amendments in R and P Rules in most departments to make IT literacy compulsory for promotion, confirmation and recruitment.