Jammu and Kashmir is yet to commission the State Wide Area Network (SWAN) required for e-governance. It is the only state in the country that has not implemented SWAN.
The status of the project on the Common Services Centers Scheme (CSC) Department of Electronic and IT, Government of India website says that the bidding is under way and the expected date of completion is mentioned as 2012. However, the project is yet to be commence.
Minister of State for Information and Technology Pawan Kumar Gupta said that the bids received for SWAN were high and that has delayed the creation of the network.
“We have approached the central government to increase the grant and give more funds and it is under consideration, it will hopefully be processed as e-governance is not possible without SWAN,” he said.
Chairman, ICTA, an association of technocrats and software engineers, Mehraj Gulzar said that for seven years SWAN project has not been allotted to any bidder and is still in tendering mode. “How will e-governance be possible without swan?” he questioned.
Sources in the IT department said that transfers of three secretaries in the last four months is also creating problems in implementation of policies.
Gulzar said that the infrastructure to implement schemes is lacking and the state cannot keep pace with the rest of the country if a new IT policy is not framed.
State Education Minister, Naeem Akhtar while speaking on the inaugural function of Digital India Week had earlier said that he will press for an IT policy in the state to ensure better governance and jobs for youth.