Bhubaneswar, Sep 4
Buoyed by the successful implementation of e-district pilot scheme in Ganjam and Mayurbhanj, the state government has put the Odisha State Wide Area Network (OSWAN) on the fast track for horizontal connectivity to all tehsil and registration offices in the state.
Chief Secretary JK Mohapatra held a review of the progress of the scheme at the State secretariat on Tuesday. Emphasising the importance of the project in the context of Public Service Delivery assurances, he directed the concerned departments and agencies to work out a definite timeframe for completion of horizontal connectivity and accomplish the task by January 2014.
Mohapatra also asked BSNL authorities to provide dedicated broadband facility to all tehsils within one and a half months for facilitating the process of service delivery till the OSWAN system is put in place.
The review meeting revealed that OSWAN is serving as the backbone network for data, video and voice communications throughout the State. Till now, the State headquarters, all the 30 district HQs and 284 block HQs have been connected. OSWAN has also been connected with the National Knowledge Network (NKN). The state-of-art Real Presence (RPX) video conferencing system connecting all Collectors has been made operational at the Odisha Computer Application Centre (OCAC).
A total of 39 Voice Communication (VC) studios, one each at district headquarters and nine at the State headquarters have been set up and commissioned. The Government has approved the proposal for connectivity to 1,266 critical offices in the first phase. For the purpose, 317 tehsil offices, 185 district sub-registrar and other sub-registrar offices, 165 treasuries, 375 health institutions, 103 ULBs, 30 Sadar blocks, 30 DRDAs, 58 Sub-Collector Offices and three ADM offices have been enlisted in the first phase.
As of now, six different certificates are being issued electronically in pilot districts. These services include residence certificate, income certificate, caste certificate, solvency certificate, legal heir certificate and SEBC and OBC certificate. Recently, Ganjam and Mayurbhanj districts have also started issue of the certified copies of Records of Rights (RORs) online.
Development commissioner Injeti Srinivas, additional chief secretary Revenue & Disaster Management Taradatt, secretary IT Madhusudan Padhi, additional secretary IT Debendra Kumar Das along with senior officers from BSNL, OCAC and concerned departments participated in the discussion.