Plan To Beef Up Govt Spending On Infotech

New Delhi: | Updated: Jan 29 2003, 05:30am hrs
As a first step towards the objective of cranking up central and state government expenditure on information technology to the targeted annual 3 per cent, the department of Information technology (DIT) and department of administrative reforms have worked out a 4-year programmme.

Under this programe, called the National Assistance Programme for Accelerated e-governance, the states and central government will spend Rs 8,000 crore while public and private institutional finance will chip in with Rs 4,000 crore. This will add up to a total of Rs 12,000 crore over the next four years, according to government sources.

This has been worked out on the directions of the government and will ensure a transparent way to track spending by various state governments and departments, a source close to the ministry told eFE.

The DIT together with the department of administrative reforms is also conducting a workshop of February 5 and 6 on the programme.

This programme is under the consideration of the Planning Commission which has to clear the modalities, according to the government source.

Under this programme, the state governments will invest Rs 3,000 crore while the central government will put in Rs 5,000 crore in a time frame of four years.

The annual budgetary allocation for IT spending is around Rs 3,000 crore but only a fraction of that gets spent.

Though this programme will not be able to fully ensure 3 per cent spending on IT, but it is certainly a step further to track and ensure IT spending within government bodies, the source said.

This programme not only gives the details on the outlay but also on the projects, allocation and goals in the four year period.