Tamil Nadu has lined up strong plans for its digitisation initiatives push in the backdrop of higher adoption of technology by citizens and companies in the region.
Addressing delegates at W.Media’s first Cloud and Data Centre Convention in Chennai, IT Minister Thiru T. Mano Thangaraj said that the government is strongly focused on building a digital future for Tamil Nadu.
“Our CM has laid out a vision which includes all-around development of the state, aides through technology, generating sustainable jobs, with a focus on environmental consciousness,” he said.
Tamil Nadu has stepped up its Digitisation efforts as the state is following the roadmap laid down by Chief Minister M.K Stalin.
This involves building a $1 trillion economy, of which around $100 billion will be a technology-enabled economy, said Minister Thangaraj.
Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister MK Stalin launched e-Munnetram and IT Nanban on 22nd October 2021 to boost interaction between the government and the industrial sector.
The e-Munnetram is a web portal that provides the status of about 200 major infrastructure projects costing more than Rs. 1 lakh crore, and IT Nanban is an interactive platform to engage with the information technology industry, pointed out Minister Thangaraj. Tamil Nadu is a south Indian state speaking one of the oldest languages in the world.
The ‘e-Munnetram’ portal captures vital details such as the agreement date, start date, cost estimates, project progress (on both financial and physical parameters every month), location & GIS layers and photographs of the site periodically. The portal also allows department heads to update regular progress and flag critical issues and causes for delay.
Also, Tamil Nadu has a strong ecosystem across all cities to enable digitisation, in line with the chief minister’s vision of building a $1 trillion economy, pointed out Thangaraj.
In a similar effort, Tamil Nadu’s Police Department is planning to digitise all cases handled and disposed of as well as store all pending cases in a digital format.
The digitisation aims to make the police records available through an exclusive network to officers employed in all police stations across the state. The state government already tested a pilot project in Tiruvallur district, while data entry work was being carried out in the Coimbatore City Police Commissionerate and the districts of Ariyalur and Sivaganga.
As part of the digitisation program, the state government will provide police stations with computers and other equipment in addition to the creation of a new network that is expected to reduce manual work.
All these efforts will be backed by the setting up of cloud and data centre infrastructure in the back end.
Tamil Nadu government has also put in place policies related to the setting up of data centres. S Arunraj IAS, Executive Director, Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu Limited stated that the government is open for collaboration with the private sector and has a single-window clearance for permissions required to set up data centres as well as many fiscal incentives to companies.