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 Name||Deploying Innovative Information and Communications Technology for Supporting e-Governance in Assam|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Governance and capacity development
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.|
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
|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|
|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)|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
|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||Tsunoda, Jiro|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Public Management, Financial Sector and Trade Division, SARD|
Finance Department, Government of Assam
Ashish Bhutani, IAS
Finance Department, Assam Secretariat, Dispur, Guwahati 781 006
|Concept Clearance||16 Aug 2007|
|Fact Finding||09 Jul 2007 to 13 Jul 2007|
|Approval||15 Nov 2007|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||06 Apr 2010|
|Last PDS Update||06 Apr 2010|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|15 Nov 2007||13 Mar 2008||13 Mar 2008||31 Dec 2008||30 Aug 2010||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|0.00||500,000.00||125,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||625,000.00||15 Nov 2007||463,924.88|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Deploying Innovative Information and Communications Technology for Supporting e-Governance in Assam||TA Completion Reports||Aug 2012|
|Deploying Innovative Information and Communication Technology for Supporting e-Governance in Assam||Consultants' Reports||Jun 2010|
|Deploying Innovative Information and Communications Technology for Supporting e-Governance in Assam (Financed by the Republic of Korea e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund)||Technical Assistance Reports||Nov 2007|
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