Haryana improves ranking in e-Governance Readiness Index

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Chandigarh, Nov 2 (UNI) Haryana has improved its ranking in e-Governance Readiness Index of the country from 15th to ninth postition in the last two years.

This has been revealed in the latest e-Readiness Assessment Report released by the Department of Information Technology of the Centre, an official spokesman said today.

He said Haryana also fell in category of 'Level One' states in implementation of core infrastructure projects of State Wide Area Network (SWAN) to connect all its offices up to block level.

The work on this ambitious project had commenced with a project outlay of Rs 102.62 crore and connectivity up to block level would be achieved by December 2007, he added.

Besides, he said, agencies had been appointed to establish 1159 Common Service Centres (CSCs) in rural areas and 104 CSCs in urban areas for delivery of citizen centric services. The project would be completed before April 30 next.

A district level e-Disha Centre had been set up at each district headquarters in 18 districts of the state for delivery of public services to citizens.

He said now there was a plan to computerise all activities of district level offices for which a pilot project proposal had been prepared for two districts of Rohtak and Jind.

He said the state had formulated its e-Governance Roadmap and Capacity Building Roadmap. The export of software from Haryana had increased from Rs 890 crore in 1999-2000 to Rs 14000 crore in 2006-2007.

Gurgaon, he said, had emerged as the most preferred destination for private entrepreneurs willing to invest in IT, IT Enabled Services (ITES) and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) companies.

The state government was setting up a hi-tech Habitat Centre for IT, ITES and BPO companies in the Electronic City, Gurgaon in which world class facilities would be provided, he added.

UNI

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