New Delhi: The country`s second-largest software exporter, Infosys Technologies, has bagged a 10-year e-governance contract from the Ministry of Commerce to develop an e-business portal that will give businessmen easy access to government information.
In the first three years, the government would spend Rs
15 crore in the project. However, the total value of the
contract was not disclosed.
"(At the end of 10th year) we expect this project to be
expanded to cover the whole country and provide over 200
Government-to-Business services as well as other value added
services by suitable private vendors," Commerce Minister Anand
Sharma told reporters after launching the portal here.
E-Governance is the latest business opportunity segment
for Indian IT companies, who are facing slowdown on export
IT firm TCS had earlier bagged two big ticket
e-governance projects -- online application portal of the
Ministry of Corporate Affairs and the online Passport project
of the Ministry of External Affairs.
With the Unique Identification Authority of India project
mooted by the Planning Commission coming up in a big way, IT
companies are heading for big competition to bag e-governance
Under the contract, Infosys would design and develop the
e-Biz platform and establish the support IT infrastructure for
the next 10 years, company`s Senior Vice-President and Head,
India Business Unit, Binod H R said.
The project will be initially implemented in five states
including Haryana, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.
The e-Biz project is among the 27 Central, State and
Integrated Mission Mode Projects (MMPs) under the National
E-Governance Plan of the government.
Through the project, the government aims to create a
customer-centric environment, providing the business community
convenient and speedy access to information and services.
"This ‘single window’ approach will cater to the
requirements of businesses for Government-to-Business services
throughout the business life cycle, namely through the
pre-establishment, commencement, operations, expansion and
when required, closure stages of the business," Binod said.