Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 6:
All panchayats in Odisha will have broadband internet services by 2017-18 while major cities of the state, including Bhubaneswar, will have Wi-Fi services in the next one year, the state government decided today.
The decision was taken at a review meeting on the yearly performance of the department of Information Technology (IT) presided over by chief minister Naveen Patnaik at the State Secretariat here today.
Briefing newsmen after the meeting, IT minister Pranab Prakash Das said the presentation made by the department at the meeting focused on better management of e-governance.
“Besides, the chief minister also directed formulation of an e-Procurement policy at the earliest and completion of Wi-FI enabled services in Bhubaneswar within a year. It was decided that the Wi-FI services would be extended to the remaining cities in phases,” he added.
The minister also said the chief minister advised the department to prepare a road map within three months to provide electronic enabled service delivery to the citizens by earmarking two percent of the plan budget and one percent of the total budget allocations. He also asked the department to provide more citizen centric services online as per the Public Service Act.
The chief minister directed the department to expedite work on the construction of the proposed Electronic Manufacturing Cluster at a cost of Rs 209 crore and set up Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) Incubation Centre in collaboration with the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI).
“The chief minister laid emphasis on bringing public services under the e-Governance through mobile and government websites. In keeping with the development of e-Governance and ESDM sectors, he directed the renaming of the IT department as Electronics and IT department and submit a proposal in this regard for the State Cabinet to approve it at its next meeting,” Pradip Kumar Jena, secretary, IT and Water Resources, told reporters after the meeting.
The meeting decided to set up one more Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) and Electronic and ICT Academy on PPP mode.
To broaden IT services in rural areas, the chief minister directed the department to complete the process for creation of employment opportunity for 5000-10,000 youths in different STPI locations through Rural BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) Policy and take steps for setting up of STPI centre at Angul, Sambalpur, Jeypore, Jajpur, Rayagada and Bhawanipatna.
The meeting also decided to create a conducive environment for medium industries, which provide more employment opportunities, to have their business in the state.