The Government of West Bengal is working jointly with telephony service provider Reliance Communications for its e-Governance project, for bridging the digital divide between rural and urban areas in the state.
The Government of West Bengal has earlier roped in IT major Wipro and SREI Infrastructure Finance Ltd to connect 3,600 gram panchayats (rural local bodies) and all municipalities through the Internet, by setting up 5,000 common service centres (CSCs) in rural Bengal. Reliance Communications would help the state of West Bengal in setting up communication infrastructure, including providing of bandwidth and Internet connectivity. Under the project, citizens can remit taxes and pay electricity and water bills online or through specially developed kiosks. The West Bengal government had undertaken an e-Governance policy with an intention to connect its 3,600 gram panchayats and all municipalities on an IT network. Under the e-Governance project (G2C), there will be automation of land records and retail transactions, with stress on e-Education and adult literacy among others.