Govt has failed to upgrade IT facilities in Kashmir: ICTA

A local group of IT-professionals Tuesday said the state government has “failed to upgrade IT facilities in Kashmir.”
Govt has failed to upgrade IT facilities in Kashmir: ICTA
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A local group of IT-professionals Tuesday said the state government has "failed to upgrade IT facilities in Kashmir."

The IT professionals under the banner of Information Communication and Technology Association (ICTA) raised strong pitch against the government accusing it of failing to develop necessary IT infrastructure in Kashmir.

"Because of the lack of facilities, the Kashmir-based IT industry won't be able to observe the Digital India Week," the association said.

The Digital week- an initiative of Government of India is being observed from July 2 across the country to integrate the government departments and the people so that public services are made available to the citizens electronically by connecting them by a high speed internet network at their doorsteps.

Chairman, ICTA, Mehraj Gulzar said in Kashmir 'Digital India Week' could just be a celebration; as the state is far from being ready or prepared for this ambitious initiative.

"The basis of digital India is high speed internet connectivity which is a far cry in Kashmir. Irony is that for seven years SWAN project has not been allotted to any bidder and is still in tendering mode. Secondly, the State Service data Gateway (SSDG) is nowhere in sight. The Computer Data Advanced centre (CDAC) is sitting on it for last three years and the portal is still not ready," he said, adding that even departments have not digitalized their database and are still working in the manual mode.

"Irony is that even some state government departments do not have their working websites and e-mails even in 2015 and we are celebrating Digital India week," he said.

Gulzar said there is lack of infrastructure in the state IT department.

The ICTA urged the state government to pay attention towards the IT sector of the state and only then Digital India like programs can be observed in Kashmir.

Meanwhile, the executive meeting of ICTA was held in Kashmir where the members also criticized state government for failing to pay due attention towards the IT sector.

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