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Microsoft making e-governance a reality in Uttaranchal

05-December-2002
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Microsoft making e-governance a reality in Uttaranchal

As promised by Bill Gates in his visit to India in mid November, the PC software major Microsoft is embarking on an exercise to make e-governance a reality in India. The company is going to jointly develop and deploy an array of technology solutions for e-governance in Uttaranchal state.

"Technology holds tremendous potential towards empowering governments to deliver citizen centric services that redefine the government-citizen relationship and facilitate greater transparency in governance, " said Rajiv Nair, President, Microsoft Corporation India Pvt. Ltd.

On Microsoft's association with Uttaranchal, Nair further added, "In our role as a technology provider and consultant, we are committed to work together with the Government of Uttaranchal to devise and deploy technology solutions that will have a positive social impact and enable the government to react with agility to public needs."

This enables the Department of Information Technology (DOIT) attain the status of a Strategic Microsoft Technology Partner for the Uttaranchal Government for consulting, developing and executing systems integration projects on Microsoft technologies.

Microsoft and DOIT would set-up two Centres of Excellence for e-governance in the state. The company is also facilitating the setting up of the first Hindi IT Lab in India by providing software, training to DOIT/Uttaranchal Government employees, website development and content creation in Hindi. This will help in promoting the use of Hindi language in government workflow applications.

Besides that under the Aarohi project, Microsoft is going to assist in making 3,80,000 students across the higher secondary and intermediate schools and colleges computer literate over 3 years. Plus build a network of 1,500 master trainers who in turn will impart IT education to school students.

In the area of e-governance, Microsoft is already doing number of projects with central and other state governments. The company has developed an Intranet 'Aarakshi' for the Jaipur City Police which is local language enabled as it operates in Hindi. Another project done by Microsoft is 'Gyandoot' which again is an intranet service on government-to-citizen e-commerce activity that is giving rural villagers in India affordable access to various government services and market information.

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