E-governance project to be operataional in 15 states by June 09

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New Delhi, Oct 17 (UNI) Government's Rs 1,237 crore nationwide electronic governance project will be operational in upto 15 states by June next year.

Stating this here today, Department of Information Technology (DIT) today said it has approved setting up of state data centres in 27 States and Union Territories. These centres will be supported by state wide area network and common service centres established in villages as part of the national e-governance project.

DIT's share in the project is Rs 412 crore, while the remaining Rs 825 crore is to be met through additional central assistance.

The system, once in place, will create a common secure IT infrastructure to host state level e-governance applications and data to enable seamless delivery of government-to-government, government-to-citizen and government to business services.

The States whose proposals have been approved are: Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chhatisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Orissa, Punducherry, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar,Uttarakhand, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram.

DIT said proposals received from Tripura, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Sikkim, Goa and Kerala are being examined by their department.

The total project cost across 35 States and UTs, including capital and operational expenses for over 5 years, is Rs 1,623.20 crore, DIT said.

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