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MoU inked for tech park

Ranchi, Feb. 22: Jharkhand signed an MoU with Software Technology Park of India (STPI) today to establish a technology hub in Deoghar district.

The MoU was signed by information and technology department principal secretary N.N. Sinha and STPI director general Omkar Rai at a seminar-cum-interactive session on e-governance.

According to the agreement, the state government will provide 3 acres of land, a building and Rs 1 crore as seed amount.

Sinha said the state government was setting up a software park in Jamshedpur and a detailed project report had already been prepared. “The state government is taking initiatives to promote information technology and its effective use in governance,” he told The Telegraph.

Rai explained that in Deoghar, STPI would develop a space of 20,000 square feet to be handed over to young entrepreneurs of Jharkhand.

Inaugurating the seminar, held under the aegis of the state information technology department, chief minister Hemant Soren said his government was determined to make maximum use of information technology, adding that many projects and government processes had been linked with Aadhaar.

The seminar, sponsored by Elets Technomedia at a city hotel, held discussions on various topics, including “Pillar of success of e-governance”, “e-governance implementation challenges and opportunities” and “Success story of Aadhaar in Jharkhand”

Chief secretary R.S. Sharma said the state had taken a giant stride in the e-governance, providing a boost to the functioning of the administration. “We have introduced biometric system in offices. After 20 years, if someone wants to know if R.S. Sharma had attended the office on a certain date, he can instantly get the information,” he explained.

Speaking on “best practices and next practices in e-governance”, IT secretary N.N. Sinha said: “Aadhaar has helped the government plug loopholes in various projects, like MGNREGS and PDS system.”

Among others who were presents were principal secretary (revenue) J.B. Tubid and principal secretary (panchayati raj) L. Khiangte.