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Government of India brings e-Governance at the doorstep of common man

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The Government of India is implementing the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP) with the vision to make all Government services accessible to the common man in his locality, through common services delivery outlets. In this regard, the government has identified 27 Central, State and Integrated Mission Mode Projects (MMPs) have been identified under the NeGP to ensure availability of e-Government services.

NeGP is delivering services at doorstep through State Wide Area Networks (SWAN) for Connectivity; National Data Bank/ State Data Centers (SDC) for secure, data storage and Common Services Centers (CSC). In 2005, the government approved the SWAN project with an overall outlay of INR 3334 crores to be spent in five years. The Scheme will establish Wide Area Networks in 29 States and 6 Union Territories across the country from the State Headquarter to the Block Level. The scheme will provide minimum connectivity of 2 Mbps from the State to the District, subdivision and Block level. Once implemented, the SWANs would go a long way in providing a network for G2G functions and for delivering G2C services, particularly in delivering the various services planned under the Mission Mode Projects of the NeGP. In 2006, the Central Government approved the CSC project with an estimate expenditure of INR 1649 crores. The government is establishing 100,000 rural kiosks across the country; one CSC for every six census villages, through a Public Private Partnership. All CSCs would be broadband, Internet-enabled, primarily through wireless connectivity and would provide for a mix of Government and private services at the doorstep of the citizen.

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