Rs 11,000 crore investment for telecom sector: Prasad

Digital North East: Vision 2022 launched

GUWAHATI, Aug 11: Union Law & Justice, Electronics & IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad launched ‘Digital North East: Vision 2022’ here in presence of chief ministers, DyCMs and ministers of NE states.

Arunachal Instance of MyGov Portal and NIC’s S3WAAS websites were jointly launched by Prasad and state DyCM Chowna Mein to make Arunachal Pradesh one of the pioneer states in NE to launch the MyGov Arunachal,  a unique platform implemented by IT&C department for citizens’ participation and engagement.

MyGov Arunachal would crowd source governance ideas from the state citizen that would contribute to improve good-governance. The portal can also be used for hosting various Govt initiatives, as a window to get views, opinions of the citizens on various prospects & initiatives and facilitate dialogue, discussion and deliberation between citizens and Govt to bring in social and economic transformation.

Secure, Scalable and Sugamya Website as a Service (S3WaaS) is a website generating and deployment product hosted on national cloud of NIC. It leverages technology to generate secure websites using GIGW compliant templates which are highly customizable and can seamlessly be deployed on a scalable software defined infrastructure. Using the service, district administration can create and deploy their websites.

Websites for state’s 10 districts have been successfully customized based on this platform and launched. The S3WaaS district websites can be accessed at https://ardistricts.nic.in

Prasad, in his speech, announced to provide budgetary support to GoAP for implementation of free space optical communication (FSOC) technology at Papum Pare district HQs Yupia as pilot project while state data centre and state wide area network to be set up and funded by GoI.

While thanking prime minister for inculcating sense of equality among NE states, he urged all CMs, DyCMs and ministers to be torch bearers of development in their respective state. He urged all CMs to work relentlessly towards complete digitalization for which GoI would provide required support.

His other important announcements for NE states included: support for creation of any number of CSCs, BPO by doubling existing resource capacity, bandwidth capacity of any size as required to mitigate connectivity challenges while the NIC to facilitate eHospital in all NE hospitals, ePragati Enterprise architecture for each NE state, over Rs 11,000 crore investment in telecom sector and 50,000 Govt employees to be trained on GST.

Mein appreciated GoI for its special focus on IT & eGovernance initiatives of NE region and highlighted  state’s achievements in digital activities.

He informed Prasad that GoAP has identified permanent location at Itanagar to set up NIELIT Centre.  He, however, sought continued support of the stakeholders to realize dream of Digital Arunachal. He also sought intervention Union telecommunication department for timely implementation of state’s telecom projects for smooth e-Governance.

He exuded hope that launching of Vision Document for Digital North East 2022 would speed up implementation of various initiatives under Digital India programmes.

Launching of Vision document, GIS-based NCoG and NE development plan created a milestone in NE development history. (PRO)

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