Seeks to provide connectivity among government offices
PUDUCHERRY: As part of its initiative to strengthen e-governance, the territorial administration on Wednesday launched Puducherry State Wide Area Network (SWAN) that seeks to provide effective vertical and horizontal connectivity among all government offices from the headquarters to block level.
Launching the infrastructure for providing the connectivity, Chief Minister V. Vaithilingam held video-conferencing with the Karaikal Collector and regional administrators of Mahe and Yanam.
With the launch of SWAN, the administration has established an effective and secure communication network at all levels of government. Of the 400 offices targeted, 70 have already been provided with the infrastructure for SWAN. As part of the project, video-conferencing facility would be established between Ministers and department heads.
The Directorate of Information Technology, the e-governance implementing agency, was in the process of creating a State Data Centre to facilitate electronic delivery of government services to the public. More than 30 services, including issuance of birth, death certificates, driving licence, ‘pattas,’ payment of electricity and water charges and accessing encumbrance certificate can be provided to the public through Citizen Service Centres, officials in the Directorate said.
A total of 66 CSCs, within a two to three km stretch, would be established in the four regions of the Union Territory. Out of the total 66 CSCs, 44 would come up in the rural area.
The SWAN was implemented at a cost of Rs.10.09 crore, of which Rs.7.24 crore was a grant from Ministry of Communication and Information Technology and the remaining amount was given as additional Central assistance by the Planning Commission. The National Informatics Centre has been engaged as network operator and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited would provide bandwidth.
The SWAN is part of the national e-governance programme initiated by the United Progressive Alliance government.
Others who attended the inaugural function held at the Chief Secretariat included Public Works Minister M.O.H.F. Shahjahan, Minister for Public Health A. Namassivayam, Chief Secretary R. Chandramohan and Development Commissioner Nutan Guha Biswas.