The Information Technology (Amendment) Act 2008 has been enforced and rules of important sections notified in October 2009 addressing national cyber security. The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT- 1n) has been designated as the nodal agency for coordinating the matters relating to cyber security and emergency response, which published a crisis management plan for countering cyber attacks and cyber terrorism.
Bihar has been catching up fast in the field of IT and related services in recent years. Several initiatives have been made to promote IT and allied projects to facilitate e-governance in the state.To make Bihar one of the top five e-governed, IT enabled and e-literate states by 2012, the state government has formulated its Information Technology Policy in 2008. With a view to making Bihar a preferred destination for IT business and industry, the state government has also decided to offer a special package of incentives to attract them to the state and another Draft Information Technology Policy is under consideration. The importance of IT may also be gauged from the fact that the total plan outlay for IT department, which was Rs. 5952 lakh in 2009-10 has been increased to more than three times in 2010-11.
Under the Secretariat Local Area Scheme, all secretariat offices and Chief Minister’s residence are connected in a fiber optic Local Area Network (LAN). An outlay of Rs. 1000 lakh has been planned for the project in 2010-11. All the planned 3300 Data Points have been completed successfully.
Under this scheme, there are a total of 533 points of presence (PoPs)-I in the state, 37 at the district and 495 at block levels. The total project outlay is Rs. 256.24 crore, with the state share of Rs. 97.17 crore, towards bandwidth cost and site preparation for PoPs and horizontal offices. In 2010-11, an outlay of Rs. 900 lakh has been earmarked for BSWAN. During 2010-11, out of 533 PoPs, 484 have been established till October 2010. The remaining 49 PoPs will be completed during this financial year.
Common Service Centre (CSC)
The state government has already taken action to create a network of Common Service Centre christened ‘ Vasudha’ in all 8,463 Panchayats of the state as outlets for various services. Of these,5538 Vasudha Kendras have so far been established
The project is wholly sponsored by the central government. A total of 94 Common Facilities Centre (CFC) under e-district plan are to be established, out of which 67 CFCs have been established and the remaining 27 will be established during the financial year 2010-11.
During the financial year 2010-11, the total outlay for the e-governance is Rs. 1400 lakh. The Department of Information Technology is executing GIS mapping through NIC, Beltron, IWDMS,Regional Institute of e-learning and Information Technology for DOEACC Society.
The state government has decided to launch e-Procurement system to purchase goods and services through open tenders so that the value of money is ensured. Initially, e-Procurement project has been started as a pilot project for schemes above Rs. 25 lakh in certain departments like Road Construction, Bridge Construction, PHED, Building Construction and the Department of Information Technology and Beltron. During the financial year 2010-11, a total of 1008 tenders has been put up for disposal, whereas 636 have been disposed.
State Data Centre
year 2010-11, for IT fairs and conferences and other capacity building measures, an outlay of Rs.580.00 lakh has been made.