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After the failure of the e-governance project of Kochi corporation, the local body authorities have approached the state government requesting help for protecting data.

In the backdrop of TCS, the implementing agency of the local body’s e-governance project, repeatedly informing the corporation that the firm has already wound up the project, the civic body authorities have requested the state government to give instructions on how to go ahead with the project.

Corporation’s online services, which were limited to a few modules, have almost been stopped for the past three months.

Rahul R, who assumed position as the new secretary of Kochi corporation a few days ago, sent a letter to TCS seeking a way out. In the reply to his letter, TCS authorities repeated that they have already wound up the project and handed over the server, database etc. to the local body on February 15, 2019. But, the corporation authorities did nothing to protect the data. The private firms also informed the local body that it wouldn’t be responsible for any outage work related to e-governance.

Then, Rahul sent a letter to the state government briefing the situation and seeking immediate assistance from agencies like IT Mission or Information Kerala Mission (IKM) for providing back up for the data of the local body. The annual maintenance contract with TCS had expired a couple of years ago.

There is a possibility of loss of data, including details of birth and death registration recorded in the past, due to malware attack, power failure, mechanical damage etc.

On Friday, mayor Soumini Jain convened an all-party meeting to discuss the issue. Majority of those who attended the meeting demanded that IKM, a government of Kerala undertaking, should be roped in immediately.

“But, the mayor wants the issue to be brought to the attention of the local self-government minister. The corporation authorities still want to negotiate with TCS and delay the project,” a CPM councillor said. “It is IKM which implements e-governance projects in all local bodies except Kochi corporation. Moreover, the government is planning to increase the number of online services provided by local bodies from July 1 and IKM will spearhead the project,” the councillor said. “Of the 22 modules, TCS completed only four. Still, Kochi corporation authorities handed over around Rs 5 crore out of the total outlay of Rs 9 crore to the private firm,” the councillor said.


Autor(en)/Author(s): M K Sunil Kumar

Quelle/Source: the Times of India, 13.06.2020

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