The Department of Information Technology, Government of India has released it’s annual report for the year 2006 – 07.
According to the report, as part of the NeGP, the government would establish 100,000 broadband-enabled Common Service Centres (CSCs) in rural areas of the country with a total outlay of Rs 5,742 crores based on Public Private Partnership (PPP) model. It was expected to create one lakh direct jobs and 2-3 lakh additional indirect jobs. The government approved a scheme for establishment of State Wide Area Networks (SWAN) at a total outlay of Rs 3,334 crores over a period of five years and already sanctioned the proposals of 24 states and UTs. These SWANs would extend data connectivity of 2 mbps up to the block level which in turn will extend connectivity further to the village level using contemporary wireless technology. The department approved two pilot e-District projects covering six districts in UP, and two districts in Asom. The objective was to computerise the backend workflows at the district level with appropriate Business Process Re-engineering (BPR), to reduce the work load at the district level, ensure fast processing of grievances, enable better monitoring of various government schemes. To increase the participation of the people, software tools and fonts for ten Indian languages namely Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Assamese, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi and Urdu languages were released in public domain for free use by the masses.