Government of India’s cloud initiative GI cloud named as Meghraj, the National Informatics Centre (NIC) cloud service will be the first to be launched in Delhi by early December 2013, reports LiveMint.

It says that the programme aims to transfer government data, services and application to remote servers in order to create shared and unified government services and infrastructure. Department of Electronics & Information Technology will focus on the implementation of GI Cloud and a Task Force has been set up for the same.

Components of GI Cloud/Meghraj: In May 2013, a draft policy for the implementation of this initiative was released by the government. The current services and applications need to be evaluated for migration while new applications need to be made cloud ready. The GI Cloud services will be published through a GI Cloud Services Directory. The architecture for this cloud service has been designed keeping in mind the existing infrastructure of the government.

The cloud services will provide services as IaaS (Internet as a Service), SaaS (Software as a Service) and PaaS (Product as a Service), however these services will be different from the consumer end services provided by the government.

eGov app store: An integral part of Meghraj will be an eGov app store set up to host all applications and components developed by various departments and agencies at Centre and States and private players. The objective of the store is to allow easy replication of successful applications across states without the need to duplicate.

When we checked the app store, there were 29 items available including 20 apps, eight Components and a single Web Service. It appears that nothing much has changed on the store since the pilot launch in May 2013. However, the apps can now downloaded by authenticated users. Some of the apps on the store include e-Hospital, Co-operative Core Banking Solution, eDistrict Kerala, among others.

The app store states that the government also plans to establish a complete ecosystem under the GI Cloud initiative that will include mechanism for funding, charge back, contract management, SLAs, among others.  The app store allow users to search for applications, share applications, to provide feedback, rate applications and authenticated users can also to download application for use.