SDC would facilitate all government departments : CM
INVC NEWS New Delhi, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh inaugurated the State Data Centre (SDC) and new building of the Information and Technology department at Mehli, here today. He also inaugurated the Mobile Parking App for the Shimla town which would also be started soon in other urban areas of the State. The SDC has been constructed at a cost of Rs. 58 crore whereas a sum of Rs. 8.66 crore was spent on construction of new building of the department. The Chief Minister also saw the demonstration of revenue and welfare services under e-district project where databases of various departments have been integrated. Speaking on the occasion, Shri Virbhadra Singh said it was a proud moment for the State to have its own data centre which also happened to be the first ‘Green” data centre in the country as it minimizes power consumption by maximising power utilisation efficiency. He said the technology had revolutionised the people’s interaction, the way business transactions were happening seamlessly over internet all across the globe and therefore, all government departments should embrace IT to deliver services to the citizens. Shri Virbhadra Singh said the SDC would facilitate all government departments to make use of common IT infrastructure facility created by the IT department. Now, there would be no need for the user departments to spend money for procurement of servers, databases etc. and the applications would be hosted centrally in the SDC free-of-cost and HIMSWAN connectivity would be provided in field offices to access departmental applications. The Chief Minister called upon all the departments to make best use of SDC for hosting e-governance application instead of creating their own infrastructure. “All the departments should make sustained efforts for digitalizing and verifying their databases so that all documents and certificates are henceforth generated from the same, thereby reducing the need for maintaining two kinds of records”, the Chief Minister said. He directed to roll out 101 e-governance services through Lok Mitra Kendras to facilitate the people residing in rural areas of the State. He said so far land records of 115 tehsils and sub-tehsils had been migrated to SDC and utility had also been created to synchronize offline mutation data and possibly Himachal Pradesh was soon going to be the first State to have a truly online land records. He appreciated the efforts made for developing State-of-Art Data Centre and Parking App. Information and Technology Minister Smt. Vidya Stokes said the State had brought qualitative change in the lives of people by empowering them through ICT initiatives at their door-steps. She said launch of SDC was another milestone achieved by the State in the field of IT. She said the department had been relentlessly working for developing and implementing software and applications and it was a matter of pride that the State had won 10 National e-governance Awards and several other recognitions. She added the State had made significant strides in the IT sector in most cost effective and citizen friendly manner. Smt. Stokes said more than 2000 Lok Mitra kendras set up at the Panchayat level had enabled the citizens to avail different government services under a single roof. With Aadhaar number being generated for 70 lakh habitants, the State had also maintained a leading position in the country, she added. Earlier, Additional Chief Secretary, IT Shri Sanjeev Gupta in his presentation informed that 58 different types of government services were being made available through Lok Mitra Kendars in the State and efforts were on to provide 101 services by the end of this financial year. He said parking app was a unique initiative which would help the tourists and local residents of the Shimla town to find parking slots through a call or by sending a message through their mobile phones. The owner of the parking would inform about the capacity and parking fee which would be charged on the basis of time for which the vehicle was parked. He said this facility would also be started in other towns shortly to facilitate the visitors and the local residents. Forest Minister Shri Thakur Singh Bharmauri, MLA Shri Anirudh Singh, Mayor Shri Sanjay Chauhan, Deputy Mayor Shri Tikender Panwar, Vice Chairman, HIMUDA Shri Yashwant Chhajta, Advisor, IT to the Chief Minister Shri Gokul Butail, Additional Chief Secretary, UD Smt. Manisha Nanda, Director, IT Shri Sandeep Kumar, Commissioner, MC Shimla Shri Pankaj Rai and other senior officers were present on the occasion.