A Rs 57-crore data centre designed to meet requirements of Karnataka government for the next decade was set up recently. The centre will offer latest technologies including virtualisation and provide the servers on demand to various department of the government to facilitate e-Initiatives. The centre will host e-Governance initiatives such as Unique ID, Registration Department, Transport Department, Municipal Administration, e-Procurement.
The data centre is being maintained by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). Speaking on the occasion, S P Singh, Director, Union Ministry of IT, lauded the e-Initiatives of the state government and the effective implementation of the programmes in the state. He said Karnataka could prove to be torch bearer for other states to follow suit. Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa said that the implementation of the e-Governance programme had helped in speedy implementation of government projects. He said the UID programme which was launched in Karnataka has so far seen enrolment of 4.5 million people. Karnataka was leading in the country as far as e-governace was concerned, he said. There were also plans to connect prisons in the state to courts to facilitate justice delivery system and to reduce the transporting of undertrials to and fro, an official said.
The 4,000 sq ft data centre is the biggest in the country for implementing e-governance. Offices of all departments would be connected with the data centre within the next two years. At present, about 3,000 offices have been connected to the data centre.
About Rs 4,000 crore had been allocated for implementation of e-governance and other administration reforms and initiatives in the state for the current financial year.