Haryana is gearing up to be India’s first state to have optical fibre laid across the state by 2017. It has tied up with BBNL, BSNL for fibre laying, says A Sreenivas, Managing Director, Haryana State Electronics Development Corporation Limited (HARTRON) in conversation with Priya Yadav of Elets News Network (ENN)
What are the steps being taken to encourage start ups in Haryana?
A start-up warehouse incubation centre is all set to be made functional by the Government of Haryana which is being set up in Gurugram. This will give a fillip to a large number of startups coming up in the state. We are tying up with NASSCOM for the project. The incubator will cater to students in all seven universities in the state where passing out students will be mentored for start ups. The incubation centre is being set up on hub and spoke model where the warehouse will act as the hub and the university centres as the spokes. It is scheduled to be inaugurated on November 1 this year to mark the Swarna Jayanti celeberations of the state.
The Swarna Jayanti celebrations will also see launch of mobile app which will facilitate people to avail at least 50 government services on their phone
How are the rural areas being integrated in Haryana’s IT revolution?
Haryana is working to be the first state in the country which will have optical fibre laid across the state by 2017. The state has tied up with BBNL BSNL for fibre laying. By November 1 this year, 100 villages would have achieved this milestone.
It’s a major networking task where 6,000 villages will have optical fibre laid. Already we are in the process of having Wi-fi spots in villages and cities. Deputy Commissioners have been asked to identify areas which will be Wi-Fi spots – mainly schools, colleges, public parks, hang out places etc.
The Swarna Jayanti celebrations will also see launch of mobile app which will facilitate people to avail at least 50 government services on their phone. This will go a long way in reducing queues at government office counters besides making life easier for the people. Also, we are working towards e-signature integration on documents.
Community Service Centres have come as a boon to people across the state. As a step further we are going to shift 500 CSCs to Panchayats in the villages. This will allow residents in the villages to be able to avail of government services at village level only.
How is Information Technology redefining the work culture in the government sector?
Video conferencing has been in use for some time now to connect to officers across the state but now we are working towards software based video conferencing. This will help doing video conferences without the paraphernalia of the equipment involved. It means that you could do it on your mobile or your i-pad and do it just about anywhere. The officers in the field can be reached out to easily and facilitate better communication within the department. Haryana is also going to be a state which will be paperless soon. We are looking at e-office solutions that will see nearly 60 departments switching to digital media for work completely. Some of the other states have already done so and we will also do it in one go.