National Informatics Centre (NIC) is a premiere S&T organization of the Government of India in the field of Informatics Services and Information Technology (IT) applications, and has been instrumental in steering Information and Communication Technology (ICT) applications in Government Departments at Central, State and Districts in government services, wider transparency in government functions, and improvement in decentralized planning and management.To facilitate this, NIC has established a nationwide ICT Network-NICNET-with gateway nodes in Central Government Departments, 35 State/UT Secretariats, and in almost all 602 district Collectorates, for IT services. The Government has designated the nation-wide Computer-Communication Network, NICNET, as the Government Network. The Organizational set up of NIC encompasses its Headquarters at New Delhi, State Units in all 28 State capitals and 7 Union Territory Headquarters and District centres in almost all the Districts of India.The Organization employs a large pool of efficient technical manpower.

At the State level, the NIC State Units provide informatics support to their respective State Government and at the District level, The NIC District Centres provide effective Informatics support to the Development, Revenue and Judiciary administration of the District. The NIC, West Bengal State Centre is located at Bidyut Bhavan, Salt Lake, Kolkata with other nodal centres at Writers’ Building, New Secretariat Building, Rawdon Street. The NIC, West Bengal State Centre has been actively involved with the promotion and penetration of Informatics Culture towards e-governance exclusively to the Government at the State and District administrations. New initiatives, as per enthusiasm of the Government of West Bengal towards electronics governance have been taken up. Click here for Infrastructure more

The West Bengal State Centre (NIC-WBSC) of the National Informatics Centre(NIC) has been actively involved in promotion and penetration of Information Technology towards E-Governance at the State and District Administration levels in line with the national mandate of NIC. During the last two decades, the NIC has developed and implemented several Information systems and Information and Communications Technology(ICT) applications covering a host of important Departments of the State and Central Government. The Information systems developed and implemented during late eighties and early nineties of the last century have evolved into ICT applications during late nineties with the advancement in and availability of technology. Citizen centric applications, service delivery systems and E-Governance applications being the present demand of the user community and so also of the administration, NIC-WBSC has gone ahead with development of citizen centric and service oriented systems. The result of this effort is demonstrated by a number of systems that are in operation in various Departments.

NIC-WBSC has proactively associated itself in the Mission Mode Projects(MMP) National e-Governance Plan (NeGP) of the Government of India for their implementation in the Government of West Bengal. The state Government has selected 15 Departments for the NeGP implementation and created as many Project e-Governance Mission Teams(PeMT). It is also decided by a high level committee of the state government that ICT consultants shall be engaged to carry out the tasks of study, analysis, development, implementation and post-implementation support on a mission mode basis. While NIC-WBSC is nominated as a technical member in all the PeMTs to assess, evaluate and monitor the progress of NeGP implementation, NIC-WBSC is chosen as an ICT consultant for seven of the Departments.

Although NIC-WBSC has extended support in almost all the important Departments of the state Government, a lot more remains to be done. What has been done so far is picking up selected important services of a Department for e-delivery of them and a good degree of success is achieved. The target is now to introduce E-Governance in true sense keeping all the aspects of service models G2C, G2G, G2E, G2B and the interoperability framework in view. After all an integrated web based software to e-deliver all the mandated departmental services including payment gateway (wherever applicable), RTI compliance, complaint redressal etc. should be there in place.