In a bid to straighten up some e-Governance facilities Bengal has buckled up. EMC, a provider of data storage facilities has joined hands with the Bengal government to set up a state data centre (SDC). All data necessary to provide state government services to businesses and consumers will be kept in the data centre to be accessed by all the state departments, significantly boosting the Bengal government's e-governance initiative. Besides, SDC is part of the Centre's e-governance plan that seeks to connect villages through a nationwide broadband network. SDC will help individual government departments to focus on service delivery, besides reducing data management cost. The Department of Information Technology at the Centre has laid down guidelines to provide financial assistance to the states to set these up. For Bengal, Webel and the state IT department will be the implementation authority of SDC, which will be in the Webel campus. In another move, Trinamool Congress roped in Hotmail founder, Sabeer Bhatia to enable it to use the internet platform in its assembly election. Sabeer Bhatia will help the party build an interactive platform where the citizens can interact directly with the party's leaders. The platform will also be used to reach out to citizens and gain attention of the young generation for the upcoming elections. Is it yet another move towards interactive governance or maybe just interactive vote-gaining? Time will tell.
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