The Bihar government is finally taking steps to catch up with other developed states by equipping all of their 26 ministers with sophisticated laptop computers under the national e-Governance plan of the Central government.
The Science and Technology department has approved the purchase of several laptops, over 250 servers, hundreds of desktop computers and 40 projectors to give a massive boost to the state's non-existent I&T infrastructure. The government had earlier okayed a laptop, a printer, a facsimile machine and other peripherals attached with the computer for NDA ministers. The Beltron portables alone are being purchased at a cost of Rs. 70,000 each. State Science and Technology Minister Dr. Anil Kumar said once all the ministers and top-ranking administrators have been equipped with computers, the state will move to furnish computers and necessary software to each district and block offices in order to bring the IT revolution in the state government that is notoriously behind in the race in comparison to other states in the country.