KSWAN to link govt departments

KSWAN to link govt departments

e-Governance Principal Secretary M N Vidyashankar and Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa during inauguration of KSWAN in Bangalore on Monday. Ministers V S Acharya, Katta Subramanya Naidu and R Ashok are also seen. DH photo

The network, which has been implemented as a part of the National e Governance plan, will connect the government from the state level, down to district and taluk level.

Connectivity has already been established for 2300 government offices in the state, covering 70 departments. Some of the major departments to be connected using KSWAN are Revenue, Treasury, Stamps and Registration, Transport, Public Works, Food and Civil Supplies, Health and Family Welfare, Home, Judiciary, Agriculture and Department of Public Instructions.

The Chief Minister inaugurated the network with a brief video conferencing session with Karnataka Governor H R Bhardwaj. The Governor said that the system would enable delivery of citizen services efficiently and expeditiously. The Chief Minister particularly lauded the introduction of two mobile vans, which, he said, would help the citizens approach the government for redressing their grievances. The two mobiles vans are equipped with video conferencing equipment and can be deployed to remote areas and for use in Janaspandana.

The project has been established at a total cost of Rs 180 crore and is being implemented by the Department of e-Governance with United Telecoms Limited for network maintenance and operations and BSNL as the bandwidth provider.

Home Minister V S Acharya, Minister for IT, BT and BWSSB, Katta Subramanya Naidu, Transport Minister R Ashok, Chief Secretary S V Ranganath and e-Governance Secretary M N Vidyashankar were present at the event.

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