UT Administrator approves IT, Electronics Policy for city

Use of new technology for delivery of public services, having smart city infrastructure and user friendly e-vault and e-mail ids for life-long archiving of citizens are some of the provisions that the Information Technology and Electronics Policy 2013 for Chandigarh would have. The policy was approved by the UT Administrator on Saturday.

The policy aims to leverage IT and electronics to further boost the socio-economic development in UT by promoting various e-Governance initiatives, bridging the digital divide and by further promoting industry.

The IT and Electronics Policy aims at making two individuals in every household e-literate. Of these at least one would be female. A Venture Capital Fund, with a corpus of Rs 20 crore shall be created to provide funds to MSE and young entrepreneurs in the IT and ITES industry.

IT Incubation Centers would be set-up in some identified colleges, where students would be allowed to set-up start-ups. Use of upcoming technologies like Near Field Communications, Cloud Computing and Social Media would be promoted for delivery of public services 'Anywhere, Anytime and through Any device.'

A knowledge resource or digital library would be setup to maintain a repository of documents for use by general public and government authorities. Use of e-mails would be stepped up for responding to e-mail-based correspondence of citizens and for intra-and inter-departmental communication within the UT Administration.

Chandigarh Administration would mandate for all the departments to earmark necessary plan funds annually for e-Governance. Facility would be set up for user-friendly e-Vault and e-mail IDs for life-long archiving for each citizen, company and departments to enable them to secure their digital dialog, correspondence and important documents.

Smart city infrastructure such as city wifi and fibre ready homes etc would be developed. Creation and upgradation of the IT infrastructure for interactive education at schools and promoting advanced virtual class room courses would be facilitated. The Department of IT will facilitate participation of Micro and Small Enterprises IT units in tender issued for procurement of IT goods and services.

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