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20 June 2012

Mizoram CM Inaugurates SWAN

Aizawl, Jun 20 : The Mizoram State Wide Area Network (SWAN) built at a cost of Rs 20.59 crore and designed to establish a reliable horizontal and vertical communication corridor was inaugurated by Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla today.

"It is a significant achievement that Mizoram has joined the league of 28 states in having this advanced telecommunication infrastructure designed to establish efficient, reliable and transparent administration," Mr Thanhawla said.

He regretted that being a remote hilly state Mizoram could not make desired progress in IT and the telecommunication services provided by the largest provider BSNL were way below satisfaction.

He urged the state-owned telecommunication company to improve its services to make the e-Governance a success.

"If improved technology like optic fibre cable is neglected, Swan will not have real impact. The BSNL has to make more efforts to ensure undisrupted internet connectivity. The government of India's plan to build internet connectivity across the country would be difficult to implement in a small state like Mizoram with a population of a little more than ten lakh," he said.

Appreciating the successful implementation of e-taxing by the taxation department and the criminal and crime tracking network system by the police department, Mr Thanhawla said SWAN would be of great help for the rural residents at it would make Aizawl and other district capitals much shorter.

Information and communication technology minister Zodintluanga, who was the guest of honour, highlighted that the assistance of Powergrid Corporation of India and Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) to make the project a success.

SWAN is one of the three pillars of the e-Governance scheme. Speaking at the inaugural function, I and CT principal secretary Dr S S Garbyal 136 CSCs have been set up in the state, out of which 89 have internet connectivity. Ten citizen services are provided through CSCs at present.

After the inauguration, the chief minister had a video conference with the district deputy commissioners.


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