The Bengal government, which has achieved tremendous success in e-governance with its e-pension project, is likely to touch another milestone by initiating the e-district programme for rural Bengal.
Bengal is among the top performing states across the country in Information Technology (IT) and e-governance sector. The government has given maximum priority to augment IT in the state through projects like e-governance. The e-district project will bring about a revolution providing government-run services in rural Bengal, senior officials of the IT department of the government believe.
"E-district is a Mission Mode Project with the objective of making the state's services available to the citizens through a computerised system in districts. The services may be availed through Internet," said a senior officer.
"It may not be necessary to visit the government offices for submitting the applications, knowing the statuses or receiving certificates or licenses. People can get their services through Internet in such cases," the officer added.
According to the IT department, the project aims at providing support to the district administrations. This project would work under three specific systems – State Wide Area Network (SWAN) of connectivity, State Data Centre (SDC) for safe data storage and Common Service Centre (CSC) for service delivery.
"The e-district project involves integrated and seamless delivery of citizen services in rural Bengal. The district administration will be benefitted by this project. It can provide a great work flow, back end digitisation and it provide services in most efficient manner," the officer added.
Work for the e-district service is in the process of implementation in Jalpaiguri and Bankura districts and on its successful implementation, the same will be rolled out to the remaining districts of Bengal.
"We are working under the guidance of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. It is only her vision to connect every corner of Bengal through the Internet," the officer further said.