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INR 1,237 Crores to be Released For State Data Centers

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For a total outlay of INR 1,237 Crores The Department of Information Technology (DIT) has approved the establishment of State Data Centers (SDC) in 27 States/UTs (Union Territories). The States whose proposals have been approved are: Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Orissa, Puducherry, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Arunachal Pradesh & Mizoram.

The DIT Share in this outlay is Rs 412 Crores, while the remaining 825 Crores will to be met through Additional Central Assistance (ACA). Through the State Data Centers, the Government seeks to create a common secure IT infrastructure to host state level e-Governance applications or data to enable seamless delivery of Government-to-Government (G2G), Government-to-Citizen (G2C) and Government-to-Business (G2B) services. These Centers will be supported by State Wide Area Network (SWAN) and Common Service Centers (CSC) established at the village level, as part of the e-Governance project.

Once established, State Data Centre would provide many functionalities including Central Repository of the State, Secure Data Storage, Online Delivery of Services, Citizen Information/Services Portal, State Intranet Portal, Remote Management and Service Integration etc to enable seamless delivery of e- Governance services in the State. The progress of implementation of Data Centers is centrally being reviewed by the DIT with the States.

It is expected that the Data Centers in about 12-15 States, shall be set up and operationalized by end June 2009. Data Centre in the remaining States and UTs shall be progressively implemented from August 2009 onwards and the entire exercise is expected to be completed by December 2009/March 2010. Typical time for implementation for State Data Centre is about 10 to 12 months.

As the Data Centers shall be hosting critical and sensitive government data, the ownership, strategic control and management/preservation of the Data is being kept with the government. The Data Centre shall have all the physical and logic security components necessary from information security perspective, and will need to be ISO27001 certificated. Further, the security audit of the Data Centre has been mandated to be carried out once in six months by the States. The National Informatics Centre (NIC) would advise the states on security related framework to be put in place for SDC.

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