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Govt ups budget to bridge digital divide in Northeast

Posted by egovindia on June 22, 2006

Govt ups budget to bridge digital divide in Northeast

August 18, 2001

Govt ups budget to bridge digital divide in Northeast

The government has raised the budget of the proposed project aimed at
bridging the digital divide in the Northeast by over Rs 100 crore.
The estimated cost is now held to be around Rs 220 crore.

According to sources, the government will invest in community
information centres (CIC) which will act as cyber cafe in each of
the approximately 484 blocks in the entire North-East.

The CICs will initially have five terminals, which will later be
increased as per the need. The centres will be using very small
aperture terminals (V-Sats).

The sources pointed out that a pilot project has already been
implemented and once the project is fully operational ? in about a
year's time ? the effort will be to replicate the Jammu and Kashmir
model.

Under the pilot project, these information centres have been equipped
with the state-of-the-art technologies. Items of expenditure include
maintenance of equipment, training of personnel and their deployment
at these centres.

Earlier this year, the standing committee on information technology
had said that the funds allocated by the IT ministry to expand the
CIC project to the entire north-eastern region was ?grossly
inadequate? at Rs 57 crore.

"During the year, 457 new CICs are being planned in all the North-
East states at a cost of Rs 57 crore.

Although it is a commendable measure, the committee finds that the
fund allocated for the new CICs is grossly inadequate, as 30 CICs
were set up last year at a cost of Rs 15 crore, whereas this year 457
CICs are being planned with Rs 57 crore only," the committee had
noted in its report.

Meanwhile, the government has reconstituted the erstwhile North-
Eastern and Border-area IT Action Force (Nebita) for assisting in the
preparation of five-year and annual IT plans for the region,
including Sikkim.

There will be focus on creating awareness about benefits of IT and
HRD in infotech and communication.

Source: Capital Markets

http://www.zdnetindia.com/news/national/stories/36277.html

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