Deputy Director General of National Informatics Centre (NIC) Neeta Verma has been appointed the first woman Director General of NIC.
The appointment of a woman head of NIC— the technical wing of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology—comes soon after the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) got its first women chief in J Manjula recently.
Verma is currently in-charge of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s MyGov project. She is also overseeing Cloud, National Data Centre and Open Data project of the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) under the ministry.
A Scientist ‘G’, Verma is likely to hold the post until the date of her superannuation, according to sources.
Her appointment acquires special significance in view of the fact that she is going to join NIS at a time when the government is planning to restructure and reorient the organisation. DeitY will soon make an announcement in this regard.
The plan to revamp NIC was first proposed by a committee on human resource for e-governance headed by Nandan Nilekani in 2013. The committee had observed that the implementation of e-governance has increased expectations from NIC. Hence, the committee proposed that NIC should be repositioned as a technology advisor and help in retaining strategic control of e-governance systems, while leveraging the private sector to address capacity gaps.