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694 CSCs Non Operational, 8 States Get SWANs

(By Diwaskar Chettri & Preethi J)

561 out of 1159 Common Service Centres (CSC) are non operational in Haryana and 133 in Tripura: and the reasons are growing. First, it was lack of funds, not enough G2C (government to citizen) services and poor management. Now, it is because of cancellation of contracts. CSCs are Internet connected kiosks set up in villages that allow citizens to book tickets, apply for jobs, search for market information on crops and sell their produce. The CSC rollout is a part of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Plan (NREGA).

As of December 2009, a total of 58,954 CSCs have been rolled out – only 2975 have been added in 2 months. Overall, 109,521 CSCs were to be rolled out by June 2010 – will that happen?

Ironically, Haryana and Tripura are amongst the few states that have actually completed the long-drawn out implementation of CSCs: what an immense waste of funds and effort to set them up and achieve 100% rollouts if they are not going to be running. Other states that have completed 100% rollouts are Gujarat, Tripura, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Sikkim.

Download: CSCs Implementation, January 2010 | National eGovernance Projects (NeGP) Implementation Update

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Requests for Proposal/Tender (RFP) are to be reissued for Karnataka, reasons are not available. They are ready to be issued for Andaman & Nicobar and the bidding process is underway for Punjab. CSCs for Lakhshwadeep, Daman & Diu, Dadra & Nagar Haveli are still under discussion. Sikkim and Jharkhand have reported completion of CSC rollouts while Goa has opted out.

15 States Have SWANs

State Wide Area Network (SWAN) project appears to be having slightly better success and deadlines have not been pushed further. From only seven states in October, SWANs have been implemented in 15 states by January: the new ones being Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Puducherry, Lakshadweep and Sikkim have set up SWANs. Implementations are at an advanced stage at six states: Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Orissa and Uttar Pradesh and expected to be complete by February 2010.

Download: SWAN Implementation Update, February 2010

For Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur and Uttarakhand the implementation is to be complete by March 2010 to June 2010. The bidding process has been initiated for Jammu & Kashmir, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Rajasthan and the implementation cannot be done earlier than June 2010. RFPs have been issued for Dadar & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu. Andaman & Nicobar and Goa have opted out.

State Data Centres Delayed Again

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More delays: Orissa, Tripura and Gujarat have issued work orders and signed contracts for the implementation of state data centres but rather than be done by April-June 2010, the new deadline is July-August 2010. Maharashtra, Nagaland, West Bengal have issued letters of intent and they also expect to implement SDCs by August.

Download: State Data Centres, January 2010

RFPs  for Karnataka, Bihar, Mizoram, Lakshadweep, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh are under review and being finalied by the DIT/State and these states will implement state data centres by January 2011. In October, SDCs for Karnataka, Mizoram and Lakshadweep were reported to be scheduled for implementation by September-December 2010.

eDistricts Behind Schedule

All the states implementing eDistricts in India are behind schedule – some are stuck in the design and development of applications stage while others in the appointing of data entry operators. Three states – Uttar Pradesh, Assam and Tamil Nadu, which had progressed faster than other states have also suffered a setback and are behind schedule in the pilot stage.

Download: eDistricts (December 2009)

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Dweep Bhoomi

Computerisation of land records at Ferrargunj Tehsil in Andaman & Nicobar Administration has been completed using NIC-developed software “Dweep Bhoomi”.

Related:
Lack Of Funds Stalls National E-Governance Projects
India Adds 12.05M Connections In June; E-Governance Roll Outs Delayed
Internet CSC Rollout Complete In Jharkhand, Haryana, Sikkim; Long Way To Go

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