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With the increasing use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), being recognised a great tool for development and poverty reduction world over, digital divide haunts the State as millions of its people still do not have access to electricity.

The initiative taken by the Panchayati Raj Department last year to provide e-connectivity to all the gram panchayats has come to a halt due to lack of administrative decision in selecting a vendor.

The Twelfth Finance Commission (TFC) has awarded Rs 60 crore to the State exclusively for e-governance of PRIs. However, the fund has remained unspent as the Government is to initiate process for awarding the contract.

Prior to the release of the assistance, the Department had taken up computerisation programme in about 150 out of 6,234 gram panchayats from its own plan outlay. The programme was executed through BSNL with the understanding that the telecom behemoth will provide e-connectivity to rest of the gram panchayats.

The idea of awarding the entire e-governance project to BSNL without inviting tenders was that the telecom major has State-wide network and required manpower for maintenance. Awarding the contract to a central government concern will be relatively free from corruption, official sources said.

As the process was initiated to hand over the project to BSNL, some private telecom operators started a smear campaign against the Panchayati Raj Department alleging that the procedure adopted by the department is not transparent. The e-governance programme was nipped in the bud.

BSNL had agreed to develop a dedicated wide area network for the PRIs for over four years.

However, other departments could have access to the network with certain conditions.

Meanwhile, the Department has provided connectivity to the block levels. It has already developed two softwares called `Ruralsoft’ `Pryiasoft’ for project and account monitoring respectively.

It is the recipient of the prestigious `Manthan Award-2006’ for its ICT initiative.

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Quelle/Source: Express Buzz, 22.09.2009

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