Kerala 2014-15 Budget gives impetus for e-Governance projects

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Trivandrum: Finance Minister Shri K M Mani’s record 12th Budget presented in the Niyamasabha provides a thrust to the various e-Governance projects in Kerala with an allocation of Rs.313 crores. In his budget speech, the Finance Minister said the government would take up projects to provide online services to all sections of the society including government officials, teachers, farmers, students, and workers.

600 new services from 40 Government Departments would be offered through the Kerala State IT Mission’s flagship e Governance programme, the ‘e-District’ project portal. As part of the National e-Governance Programme (NeGP), an amount of Rs.13.34 crores has been allocated for the renovation and development of the State Data Centre located at Technopark, Trivandrum. An amount of Rs.10 crores has been earmarked for the IT Mission to complete the digitization of documents and files, simplification of procedures and modernisation of treasuries.

With a focus on introducing and improving electronic data delivery in Government Offices, Rs.5 crores has been earmarked for the ‘e-Office’ project which has been implemented in the Finance Department in the Secretariat on a pilot basis. Another Rs.2 crores has been allotted for a new ‘Service Plus’ scheme to improve G2C services. New citizen service centres (Akshaya Kendras) would be started.

The Budget has allocated an amount of Rs.134.45 crores for infrastructure development and expansion of the major IT Parks in Kerala – Technopark in Thiruvananthapuram, Infopark in Kochi, and Cyberpark in Kozhikode. The Kerala State Technology Innovation Zone (KSTIZ) at the Kinfra HiTech Park in Kalamassery has been allocated Rs.25 crores.

In an ambitious plan, 10,000 Raspberry Pi computers will be distributed to school students and an amount of Rs.4 crore has been set apart for this. Another Rs.2 crore will be spent on Startup Kits for top 100 teams in colleges.

Anil Philip
Kerala IT News

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