CHANDIGARH, February 27- Union Minister for Communications and Technology Mr Ravi Shankar Prasad today announced a number of projects for Haryana in the field of Communication and Information Technology and postal services. The Union Minister, who was speaking at Ushering of Digital Haryana Programme organized at Panchkula near here today announced to set up a Centre of Software Technology Park of India at Panchkula, Centre of National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NILET) in Kurukshetra, setting up of 10 BPO call centres in rural areas with capacity of 1000 seats, setting up of 1047 BTS of 2G and 3G and 238 hot spot of Wifi in next six months, strengthening of 28 telephone exchanges of BSNL and linking of remaining 230 post offices with the core banking solution by March 31.
He also assured that he would also positively consider the demand for the setting up of Centre of Excellence of Information Technology in the State. The Union Minister and Chief Minister Mr Manohar lal launched 105 e-services of 20 Departments through Common Service Centres (CSCs) and dedicated 2337 CSCs. Out of these 50 such Centres have been made operational in Gram Sachivalyas. Apart from this, they also launched five web portals of departments namely Education, Finance, Development and Panchayats, Revenue and Information Technology and CRS based Aadhar Enabled Birth Registration System and National Optical Fiber Network in district Faridabad. While all the villages in the district have been connected with National Optical Fiber Network, two villages would have the facility of wi-fi. With the launch of Aadhar Enabled Birth Registration System, Haryana has become the first State in the country to have this system.
Earlier, the Union Minister went around the exhibition put up by 20 Departments of the State Government highlighting various e-services being provided by them where he launched a new service. Under this service, any mobile user who enters into the territory of Haryana would get a message from his mobile operator on his phone mentioning important contact numbers like that of the police, ambulance and women help line to deal with any untoward incident. With this, Haryana has become the pioneer State to launch this service on universal scale. While congratulating the Haryana Government led by Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal for ushering in a revolution in the field of Information Technology (IT) in its tenure of just one-and-a-half year, the Union Minister said that the State Government has performed well in making Aadhar Cards and with the launch of Aadhar Enabled Birth Registration System, the birth registration would be linked with Aadhar Card. He said that he would ask the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to implement this system in the entire country adding that Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi has stressed that the good work done in any field be implemented in the entire country. He said that Mr Modi has given a slogan of IT is equal to IT.
He said that one IT stands for Information Technology and other IT stands for Indian Talent and this is equal to India Tomorrow. He said that under the able leadership of Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi, we would transform the country in the coming two-three years as Mr Modi is working with the spirit of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas. He said that the number of Common Service Centre in the State have reached 2337 from only 200 earlier. He said that Mr Manohar Lal is shaping well the flagship programmes like Skill India, Make in India, Start up India and Smart City launched by the Prime Minister. He said that today there were about 100 crore mobile users in the country. In the year 2004 only three to four lakh mobiles were assembled in India but at present about 10 crore mobile phones were manufactured in the country. Similarly, there were 40 crore internet users in the country. We have set a target to take this figure to 50 crore by the year 2017 but it is expected that we would achieve this target by end of this year, he added. He said that 2.50 lakh villages in the country were being connected to Optical Fiber and priority is being given to the rural post offices. He said that special emphasis was being laid on e-shiksha, e-health and e-commerce. In Haryana, the e-commerce rate in Gurgaon has been estimated as 150 per cent. The Union Minister urged that special focus in CSC in Haryana should be given on the digital literacy of youth. He said that revenue amounting to Rs 30 crore has been generated through CSCs and this needs to be increased.
He said that he has also launched a scheme to honour two women who operate CSCs. He said that some people are always in the habit of criticizing even the good works done by the Government but Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal is working towards building a bright future of Haryana. Earlier, speaking on this occasion, the Chief Minister described today as an important day for Haryana and said that his aim was to set up CSC in about 6500 villages of the State so as to ensure that they get the delievery of all essential services at their door step. He said that his government was working on reducing corruption at all levels by reducing human interface and using Information Technology at large scale. While stressing the need to have a complete database of the people of the State, he said that this would not only assist the government with complete details of the beneficiaries of various government schemes but would also minimize duplicacy. He said that with the database, the people could get certificates like birth and death certificates, marriage certificate, Aadhar card automatically at their doorsteps. He said that after linking admission to government schools with Aadhar Card, the number of school students has been reduced in the State from 27 lakh to 22 lakh as many students were found enrolled in multiple schools. Five lakh students were such who have taken admission to both government and private schools . The Chief Minister said that various steps have been taken to boost information technology and digitalization in the State.He also thanked the Union Minister for extending his full support of his Ministry in the implementation of various IT initiatives in the State.Member of Parliament Mr Rattan Lal Kataria, Haryana Finance Minister Capt. Abhimanyu, Education Minister Mr Ram Bilas Sharma, Minister of State for Mines and Geology Mr Naib Singh Saini, Chief Parliamentary Secretaries namely Mr Bakshish Singh Virk, Mr Shyam Singh Rana, MLA Panchkula Mr Gian Chand Gupta , Chief Secretary Mr D.S Dhesi and other senior officers of State Government and Government of India were also present on this occasion.