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The Department of IT, Govt. of Bihar participates in MeitY’s Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav Week

The Department of IT, Govt. of Bihar participates in MeitY’s Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav Week

By: Preety Chaudhary

New Delhi, 29th November 2021:

The Department of Information Technology, Government of Bihar, is participating in the AzadiKaAmritMahotsav Celebration organized by MeitY, Government of India. DIT, Govt. of Bihar is participating on the dates viz., 29th & 30th November 2021 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The secretary for the Department of Information Technology, Govt. of Bihar, Mr Santosh Kumar Mall (IAS) participated as a key note Speaker in the event talked about the Bihar’s vision.

 DIT is setting up an IT enabled stall (stall no 18 & 19) which will be equipped with a Digital Kiosk, QR Codes and more at the above-mentioned venue. The overarching idea behind participating in this event is to showcase the accomplishments with respect to e-Governance and Good Governance, which has been a key factor in the growth of IT sector in Bihar.

The Honorable Chief Minister of Bihar Shri Nitish Kumar has always set high goals when it comes to Good Governance through e-Governance. Under his visionary leadership, the Department of Information Technology (DIT) headed by the Hon’ble Minister Shri Jibesh Kumar is sprinting to achieve the objectives of e-Governance. Shri Santosh Kumar Mall (IAS), the Department’s Secretary is playing a pivotal role in the digital transformation of Bihar. The State’s Vision is also in sync with the Nation’s objective of Digital India.

The secretary for the Department of Information Technology, Govt. of Bihar, Santosh Kumar Mall (IAS) as a key note Speaker in the event talked about the Bihar’s vision of e-Governance and Good Governance as well as how e-Governance has opened new doors for the investors to invest in the IT sector of Bihar.

On this occasion the secretary for the Department of Information Technology, Govt. of Bihar, congratulated MeitY for celebrating Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. He also discussed the initiatives of e-governance and investment opportunities in the state of Bihar. Under the impeccable guidance of Hon’ble Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Bihar has shown tremendous growth across all areas of development. In fact, Bihar is ranked among the top-performing states in terms of GDP growth rate.

During the pandemic, Digital adoption has taken a quantum leap at all levels – be it personal, organizational, or at the industry levels. Since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out earlier this year, much of the world moved online, accelerating a digital transformation that has been underway for decades. Children with at-home Internet access began attending classes remotely, many employees started working from home and numerous firms adopted digital business models to maintain operations and preserve some revenue flows.

In these unprecedented circumstances, the state of Bihar used a variety of techniques to combat the disastrous CORONA virus, which was spreading at a rapid pace. Our initiatives during covid and future initiatives to make Bihar covid or pandemic proof in term of business continuity.

Bihar government has utilized technology to the fullest to mitigate the pandemic challenge and support all sections of the society in most difficult times. Key initiatives of the state are as follows:

  1. Garur App:
  2. Bihar Corona Sahayata app
  3. Home Isolation Tracking
  4. eLabharthi:
  5. ePDS(Electronic public distribution system)
  6. Skilling in IT/ITeS sector
  7. Healthcare initiatives: Healthcare sector initiatives taken during covid to make it robust during pandemic times:
    • eSanjeevani
    • Wonder app
    • Referral transport tracking system:
    • Ashwin portal:
    • VC Application for online meetings
    • College Wifi

Some of the key initiatives that have already been taken to keep afloat the government system even in a pandemic are eOffice, that has increased productivity and transparency by Anywhere Anytime working, eVidhan Application, which will enable paperless proceedings at Vidhan Parishadhas been launched on 25th Nov 2021. Other key initiatives are CFMS, BSDC, BSWAN, BAAF, eProcurement (Eproc 2.0).

IT department has also emphasized on Incubation and Research centers. IT Department has funded C-DAC to initiate research and development in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Cyber Security & Cyber Forensics, and Internet of Things as part of the initial planning (IoT). IT department has also funded NIELIT for enhancing Capacity Building by opening training centers at Patna, Buxar and Muzaffarpur. IT department has also funded IIT, Patna for incubation support. On similar lines, as Bihar is Agri driven state , Bihar will soon open an AgriCoE to enhance agricultural productivity by innovative use of technology

The Government of Bihar is taking progressive steps in the field of Information Technology by working with a multidimensional approach to encourage investment in the state. The recent invitation by the Department of Information Technology, Government of Bihar, to the IT/ ITeS & ESDM based Start-Ups to apply for rent-free office space in the Start-Up Hub of the state, situated on 9th& 13th floors of Biscomaun Tower, Patna-800 001, is one of the moves that will ensure the contribution of entrepreneurial, skillful youth of Bihar in development of IT sector in the state.

“Going forward, from short term perspective, we have initiated provisioning of bare shell office space to MSMEs and/or established companies. From Midterm perspective-we will develop IT tower at Dak Bangla and Bandar Bagicha. From Mid to long term -we are planning IT City and IT Park @ Rajgir and Bihar”. Said The secretary for the Department of Information Technology, Govt. of Bihar, Mr Santosh Kumar Mall (IAS).