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Friday , August 8 , 2014
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Bengal tech initiatives

Mitra: Web wise

Calcutta, Aug. 7: The Bengal government is trying to integrate its various departments into a Web-enabled framework to offer a smooth delivery of services to citizens.

A West Bengal State Wide Area Network (WBSWAN), offering a dedicated, secure, closed user group with data encryption capabilities, has been created to provide a minimum 2Mbps bandwidth up to the block level. With 346 points of presence, the WBSWAN connects more than 500 offices of various departments in the state level up to the block level.

“This government looks at the grassroots. We should be able to have video conferencing (VC) from our centres across the state. The VC facility in high definition was made available to 14 important state government buildings and 10 urban development offices. This involves hardware, software, maintenance and business for some people,” IT minister Amit Mitra said. He was speaking at ICT East 2014 organised by CII here today.

Besides, a state data centre, serving as a repository of all state government databases, infrastructure, applications and services, has been initiated.

An e-District pilot project has also been started in Bankura and Jalpaiguri.

Sixteen services under six categories such as certificates, pensions, social welfare, grievance redressal, industrial services and licences will be made available, with the state’s nodal agency Webel acting as the facilitator.

Online tests and interviews for e-District project managers are already being conducted.

Mitra said the rollout of this project across 16 districts under five optional and five mandatory categories will draw a lot of spin-off businesses.