Around 500 government departments of Puducherry, India would be connected through Wide Area Network (WAN) by the end of 2007 under the e-governance programme.
The National Informatics Centre (NIC) and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd.(BSNL) will jointly implement the system for government-to-government communication to the block-level. The Government will outsource the job of formulating a road map to take its e-Governance programme further. The Government had identified areas like software development, content development and portal management, adopting the best and proven practices of e-Governance programmes in other States and training government officials in IT, where the services of private companies can be used for the e-Governance programme. The private companies will develop the software and collect the data for providing Common Service Centres in about 100 places across the territory. The CSEs would provide information to people in the villages and provide services like collection of water and power bills. These centres will also handle birth and death certificates, passport applications and land records.