Punjab govt, HCL sign MoU for networking services

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Chandigarh, Jan 30 (UNI) The Punjab Government today signed an agreement with HCL Infosystems to establish Punjab State Wide Area Network (PAWAN).

Director Information Technology Department, Rakesh Verma signed the agreement on behalf of the state government while Mr S K Sharma, Associate Vice President inked the document on behalf of HCL Infosystems.

State IT minister Adesh Partap Singh Kairon and Mr Ajai Chaudhry, Chairman HCL Infosystem were also present on the occasion.

PAWAN will be implemented at a total cost of Rs 41.45 crore and it will connect 200 sites, that is 20 districts, 179 sub-divisions and blocks across Punjab, putting the state on the fast track towards IT proficiency. The project will be implemented within 26 weeks.

The network for the Punjab Government will be an integrated, fully manageable network enabling citizen services and effective e-governance.

The Departments of Treasury and Accounts, Excise and Taxation, Land Records, Transport, Police, Municipal Corporations and DC Offices shall use this network. Pt shall also provide seamless end-to-end connectivity for all government offices across the state.

Boards and corporations will also use the connectivity and it will also allow horizontal connectivity to various offices across the state from each Point of Presence (PoP) of PAWAN.

Project PAWAN will cater to the information communication requirements of the entire state government and its departments.

It will help provide connectivity within the state administration thereby making the government more adept by enabling electronic transactions and provide efficient service management by linking up operations not just at the state and district level but seeping deep into the block level.

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