The Department of Information Technology announced that the year 2008 will be roll out year for Information and Communication Technology in the country.
The department is planning to connect 18,000 colleges across the states with higher educational institutes and computerisation of 13,000 courts. The department will also introduce broadband connectivity in rural areas and set up 25,000 BSNL centres in villages, which would be started by the mid of this year. The estimated expenditure is around INR 100 billion for the next six years, which also includes setting up of 100,000 kiosks in rural India. While speaking at the eighth annual initiative on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and development at Baramati, Maharashtra, Secretary to the Department of Information Technology, Jainder Singh stated that the Union government has taken several initiatives that need IT implementation like data store and national e-Governance plan aimed at improving the quality of work and accessibility to government services. The ICT is proposed to be used by common service centres to reach out to six lakh villages across the country, which will also generate direct employment for over four lakh individuals. In the next plan, these CSCs will cover financial services, education, rural services, healthcare and retail services.