Indian Govt To Leverage Cloud For Big Projects

by CXOtoday News Desk    Jun 10, 2014

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The Government of India is looking to deploy cloud computing in a big way, especially in some of its multi-billion dollar projects. Six of these projects will be kick-started within a month’s time, after an evaluation of what technological changes can be brought about in these to improve efficiency and provide better citizen services, according to an ET report.

A senior official of the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) told the newspaper that the six existing mission mode projects (MMP) which will be assessed by an internal group, based on the need for technology upgradation, scope of process simplification with emerging technologies and the possibility of leveraging newer technology platforms.

The official states that the government is particularly keen on deploying SaaS (softwareas-a-service) centrally to build and redesign, owing to its ease of use, efficiency and greater delivery mediums.

The report mentions the government’s MMPs focus on e-governance such as pensions, banking, insurance and judiciary. These are classified as central, state or integrated projects, and each state can identify up to five MMPs for its own needs. These projects include Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS) Scheme, e-Courts, road transport, treasuries and commercial taxes. It is also assessing the national social assistance programme and another one related to prisons.

In tune with PM Narendra Modi’s slogan of “minimum government, maximum governance”, DeitY seeks to leverage different media and technology including cloud, broadband and mobile, says the ET report.

At a recent speech President Pranab Mukherjee also noted “Digital India would be the backbone of the government’s new ways of working.” He mentioned that emerging technologies such as cloud, mobile and social media when used actively can lead to greater development of the country, as it would ensure transparency in decision-making, enable service delivery and dilute corruption.

The government believes the use of existing platforms such as Aadhaar, social media, payment gateways, and new delivery mediums such as real-time applications are some of the ways the digital efforts can be achieved.