Wipro Helps K'taka Govt To Digitize Its Gram Panchayat Offices
The Karnataka government has signed a contract of Rs 615.82 crore with IT major Wipro to connect government offices from the Gram Panchayat level in the state. The implementation will happen under the Karnataka State Wide Area Network (KSWAN) project-I and II, a PTI report mentioned on The Indian Express website.
“KSWAN, that initially began in 2009, has ended in 2014. Now the cabinet has given the go ahead for KSWAN-I and KSWAN-II. For this, we will be signing a five-year contract with Wipro. Rs 615.82 crore bid has been accepted,” The India Express quoted Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister T B Jayachandra as saying.
He further said that Rs. 185.60 crore has to paid to BSNL for bandwidth for five years.
“We are aiming to connect up to 10,000 offices from 4,000,” he added. The cabinet has agreed to convene the next session of the state legislature in June, he said
To offer a secure and reliable network connectivity, KSWAN was initiated in December 2009 under center for e-governance with assistance of the Union Government. This aimed at providing bandwidth upgradation on-demand to user departments across Karnataka which will enable seamless video, voice and data communication services.
“We will have to ratify GST which will come into effect from July 1. By then we will have to do it, so it will be probably in the June first week. Also our vote on account is only for three months,” he said.
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