India: Deploying Innovative Information and Communications Technology for Supporting e-Governance in Assam

Sovereign Project | 41596-012

Summary

The impact of the TA will be to help the State Government of Assam to (i) reduce the digital divide by expanding the Assam State-wide area network (ASWAN) for e-governance delivery in rural areas, improve information and communications technology (ICT) accessibility and develop e-governance applications to be identified by the NeGP; (ii) improve the legal, regulatory, and institutional framework for e-governance, and ICT accessibility and expansion; and (iii) enhance institutional capacity and human resources for operating e-governance applications and managing ICT infrastructure.

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Project Name Deploying Innovative Information and Communications Technology for Supporting e-Governance in Assam
Project Number 41596-012
Country India
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector Information and communication technology - ICT industries and ICT-enabled services - ICT strategy and policy, and capacity development
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The impact of the TA will be to help the State Government of Assam to (i) reduce the digital divide by expanding the Assam State-wide area network (ASWAN) for e-governance delivery in rural areas, improve information and communications technology (ICT) accessibility and develop e-governance applications to be identified by the NeGP; (ii) improve the legal, regulatory, and institutional framework for e-governance, and ICT accessibility and expansion; and (iii) enhance institutional capacity and human resources for operating e-governance applications and managing ICT infrastructure.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The national e-governance plan (NeGP) for 2003-2007 seeks to lay the foundation and provide the impetus for long term growth of e-governance in India. This project is linked with enhanced governance and strengthened institutional mechanisms as well as enhanced citizen-centric and business-centri environment through core infrastructure and policies.
Impact

1. Reduced digital divide by expanding the information and communications technology (ICT) accessibility to remote rural areas, and delivery of government services through expanded Assam state-wide area network (ASWAN)

2. Improved availability and quality of access to internet in Assam to facilitate e-governance, thereby promoting local economic development

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

1. Improved capacity-building of public sector staff to implement e-governance applications

2. Improved legal, regulatory, and institutional framework to expand ICT accessibility and implement e-governance applications

3. Successful demonstration of the technical, legal and financial viability for cost efficient technology as last-mile connectivity option for complementing the GOA's ASWAN

Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Development of an investment plan to improve ICT accessibility in remote rural areas and for expanding ICT infrastructure for e-governance network

2. Development of a legal, regulatory, and institutional framework, as well as human resource development programs

3. Feasibility study for cost efficient technology for expanding ASWAN through provision of last-mile connectivity in (i) defining the types and number of connections to be covered under the pilot project scope, including the geographical location in consultation with GOA; and (ii) preparing architectural design and system defining on how the technology would be implemented

4. Assisting GOA to implement a pilot project in designated area based on feasibility assessment

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Assam State, India
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services ADB will engage a team of consultants to execute the TA, comprising national consultants for 52 person-months, and a national supporting consultant for 10 person-months. A firm of consultants will be selected and engaged in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2007, as amended from time to time). To select a consulting firm, simplified technical proposal and quality and cost-based selection (QCBS) will be used. The TA will be implemented in 11 months. It is expected to start in February 2008 and be completed by December 2008.
Responsible ADB Officer Jiro Tsunoda
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Public Management, Financial Sector and Trade Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Finance Department, Government of Assam Ashish Bhutani, IASashishbhutani@gmail.comFinance Department, Assam Secretariat, Dispur, Guwahati 781 006
Timetable
Concept Clearance 16 Aug 2007
Fact Finding 09 Jul 2007 to 13 Jul 2007
MRM -
Approval 15 Nov 2007
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 06 Apr 2010
Last PDS Update 06 Apr 2010

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Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
15 Nov 2007 13 Mar 2008 13 Mar 2008 31 Dec 2008 30 Aug 2010 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 0.00 125,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 125,000.00 15 Nov 2007 463,924.88

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