Infy, Wipro in fray for DIT portal project

Written by Surabhi Agarwal | New Delhi | Updated: Jun 28 2009, 02:56am hrs
Three Indian IT companies--Infosys Technologies, Wipro Technologies and 3i Infotech--along with Accenture and Hewlett-Packard from USA have been shortlisted by the department of information technology (DIT) to implement its state portal project.

The project will make it possible for citizens across the country to submit applications, check their status as well make payments online for availing various government to citizen services like property registration, payment of commercial taxes and several municipality services among others. "The project has an outlay of Rs 400 crore and is expected to be completed by June of 2010," an DIT official told FE. The interest shown by the IT companies is an indication of how significant government business has become for their top line in a downturn hit market.

The five companies, which were selected after an evaluation exercise by the department, will be responsible for carrying out the complete turn-key operation and will also be required for the operation and support of the portals for three years post the project going live.

However, DIT is still in the process of shortlisting a consultant for the project, which will help various state governments select the implementation agency out of the five empanelled companies.

"Earlier, citizens had to go to various websites to gather information about different services. Therefore, it was felt that a dedicated portal for each state, which will synchronise all services on a single platform apart from offering them online, will make G2C services more accessible," said an official of DIT. Besides acting as a gateway for information regarding all government services and tenders, it will also enable online receipt of applications, status reporting, query service and payment handling. "The outlay of Rs 400 crore will be allocated to states so that they can create a portal of their own, fill in gaps in their connectivity and also develop a state service delivery gateway," he said.

However, it will be up to state governments to decide which services to make available on the portal. They could either offer links to various departments or automate the whole process of receipt of applications, submission and inquiry on the same portal. "As more and more services become digitised, they would be updated on the portal," he said.

The website would also be linked to the national portal of India, www.india.gov.in, which is already live and functions on similar lines with links and information regarding various government agencies.