State Wide Area Network (SWAN) is one of the core pillars for ushering digital initiatives in e-Governance space in the country. SWAN aims to create a dedicated converged network for Data, Video & Voice communications throughout the UT of J&K. It intends to provide better governance by ensuring reliable communication network for secured and high speed connectivity. The aim is to connect all Block Headquarters (BHQs) to the State Headquarters (SHQs) through District Headquarters (DHQs) and hence will provide vertical connectivity by establishing Point of Presence at UT, District and Block Level. It is also facilitating horizontal connectivity at District & block level. The main purpose of SWAN network is to create a dedicated Closed User Group (CUG) network and provide secure and high speed connectivity for Government functioning by connecting SHQ, DHQs & BHQs. The network will facilitate inter-District and inter-Departmental connectivity, multi-user and multi-service facilities, video conferencing, email, online application processing. Furthermore SWAN will enable better communication and information sharing to allow the officers to work more effectively, resulting in cohesive administration.
As on date Site preparation, material delivery and installation is completed on all sites. (1 SHQ, 20 DHQ, 167 BHQs).At present MPLS is commissioned in 1 SHQ, 153 BHQ and 20 DHQ locations i.e., a total of 174 locations.
Project for Establishment of ICT/CAL Labs in Schools comprises of introduction of IT enabled services in the field of education. Mode of Education with the application of ICT/CAL labs and smart classrooms make better implication and understanding of the concepts of education among the masses. IT Enabled Services can be applied in the field with establishment of digital smart classrooms and ICT/CAL Labs in the government schools of J&K. JaKeGA, IT department has established 382 CAL centers and 630 ICT labs in Government Schools in all the districts of Jammu and Kashmir under Samagra Shiksha in 1012 schools in J&K.
JK SDC has been established for the state to consolidate its services, application and infrastructure to provide efficient electronic delivery of government to government (G2G), government to citizen(G2C) and Government to Business(G2B) services. JKSDC has been established to provide adequate space to house the Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) assets of various departments within the UT in an environment that meets the needs for reliability, availability, scalability, security and interoperability. IT enables various departments to host their services /applications on a common infrastructure leading to ease of integration and efficient management, ensuring that computing resources and support connectivity infrastructure is adequately and optimally used. The SDC is operational since March 2013. Currently around 144 websites/Applications are deployed at State Data Centre (SDC) from different government departments. Besides webhosting various application like (State Portal under SSDG and e-Services like Direct Benefit Transfer Application (IGNOAPS), Prisons Application, e-Assembly application, Domicile Application etc are also deployed in SDC. The said SDC project got completed in 2018 and new project “Modernization, Management & Operations of State Data Centre Jammu” for sustainability of State Data Centre was initiated by J&K e-Governance Agency, IT Department in 2019.The project is under implementation and will cater the requirement of compute resources for hosting of various e-Governance initiatives of various departments in UT of J&K.
Information Technology Department through JaKeGA has implemented “Back to Village via Digital Means” in 44 villages of 20 districts of J&K on pilot basis. Each digital village has been established as an integrated administrative unit with Block, District and Secretariat through digital interventions. This enables Government to disseminate its programme and policies through a readily available system. Every village panchayat in these 44 villages has been equipped with IT infrastructure and connectivity such as video conferencing equipment, LED, Desktop Computer, WiFi, hotspot etc. Thus, making rural population of particular Panchayat to have access to the digital world.
The practice of ‘Darbar Move’ included movement of Hundreds of trucks to transport the official documents and infrastructure for the over 300 kms distance between Jammu and Srinagar and vice versa. The practice continued till 2020 with current annual cost of approximately Rs 400 Crore. The 148-year-old tradition exercised one twice in a year has been under criticism because of the huge costs to the exchequer, approximately Rs 200 crore for one- way movement and inadvertently results in the creation of gaps in public service delivery and sometimes defeating the sole purpose of providing succour to people in both divisions of the UT. The UT administration's offices in the civil secretariat have completely switched over to an office which has obviated the requirement of physical movement of files/records from Jammu to Srinagar and vice versa. Jammu and Kashmir Government is putting great emphasis on improving productivity, its internal processes, transparency in the decision making and bring in citizen participation as part of the inclusive governance in the UT of J&K. The physical file movement of these documents incurs a lot of time, cost and requires a continuous monitoring from desk to desk before the final decision is made. Theft and missing of files is also not uncommon in most of the government offices. The immediate need in this scenario was to have a system where an authorized employee can locate the required documents and/or files in the shortest possible time. The eOffice platform is one of the major e-Governance administrative reforms in the UT of Government of Jammu and Kashmir and has brought a sea change in the transparent and efficient functioning of Government. The implementation of e-office in the UT of J&K has brought about a great deal of efficiency and transparency in the overall working and disposal of Government business, besides ensuring functionality of the Government both at Jammu as well as in Srinagar. For the first time the average disposal rate can be ascertained and improved. It has also led to a saving of Rs 400 Crore per year to UT exchequer.
The Scheme aims at enhancing the skilling capacities in ESDM sector through public and private sector for students/unemployed youth belonging to other disciplines by:
• Utilizing the existing human resource who are undergoing studies in schools (IX standard onwards)/ITIs/Polytechnics/UG Colleges (non-engineering) and the school drop outs/unemployed youth by providing them with additional skills that are recognized by industry for employment in ESDM sector. • Encouraging new investments in training in ESDM sector by industry. • Facilitating evolving of process/norms for(i) certification of various courses; (ii) providing opportunities for moving up the value chain; (iii) recognition of institutions for conducting such courses, as per requirement of Industry in the ESDM sector.
As on date out of the total target i.e 14500 seats those are allotted to UT of J&K, 12414 candidates has been trained. The balance target has to be achieved by the end of March 2024