The funds crunch faced by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) seems to have no end in sight as Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad refrained from defining a fixed time period by when funds would be released. Prasad on Saturday inaugurated the half-finished C-DAC Innovation Park.
Aruna Sundararajan, secretary, Ministry of Electronics and IT, said the funds needed to complete the project would be released at the earliest. Sundararajan during her address said the problem would be solved at the earliest with the minister’s help. Prasad on his part spoke about Digital India and innovation. Of the Rs 120 crores which have been approved for the new building, C-DAC has received Rs 32 crore. The fund crunch has delayed important projects of the institute.
Urging scientists to take up ‘pro-people products’, Prasad said scientists should concentrate on innovation. The E-Hastakshar and E-Basta projects, he said, should be the beginning of a long line of such innovative projects.
E-Hastakshar links e-signatures with Aadhar number for official document authentication. The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), the minister announced, will be the first to use this for its documents.