Himachal drafting new IT Policy

Shimla: Making a connect with the people by offloading new e-services, the Himachal Pradesh government is in the process of drafting a new Information Technology policy, top officials here disclosed today.

Priyanka Basu, Director IT HP

Speaking at a Digital India Week function at Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) Priyanka Basu, Director IT HP said that the government was seriously trying to connect all panchayats with common service centre (Lok Mitra Kendra’s) and presently about 200 of them were already functional.

Basu who was the chief guest on the occasion also disclosed that the department was preparing a new IT policy, the draft of which was under discussion and comments had been invited from experts.

Earlier Rajneesh Agrawal, Director & Center Head STPI made a detailed presentation about Digital India, the program that was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Delhi on 1st July.

Rajneesh Agrawal, Director & Center Head STPI

“It is one of the flagship programs of the government of India that is designed to empower the citizen,” said Agrawal. Benefits of e-Governance are for the citizen and it is important that more and more people are made computer literate, said Rajneesh Agrawal.

The Digital India Week is being held as part of an awareness drive.

Speaking about the initiatives being taken Ajay Shirvastva, STPI head Shimla / Mohali said that STPI was in the process of commissioning the largest Data Center of North India at Mohali, which would be ready end of the year.

It would also have an incubation center and conference facilities, he added.

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