TCS Readies SmartGov For Andhra Govt

Hyderabad: | Updated: Oct 30 2002, 05:30am hrs
IT major Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) recently completed the prestigious SmartGov project, a first of its kind integrated product in India, developed for the Secretariat of Andhra Pradesh government.

The SmartGov project is a key focus area for TCS and is aimed at making interactions between the government to citizens (G2C), government to business (G2B) segment and agencies within the government (G2G), more friendly, convenient, transparent and inexpensive.

The project, expected to set a benchmark for other states and recognised by foreign countries as the best in its category, will help automate all the functions and working procedures of secretariat and provide an effective method of storing, maintaining and retrieving the huge volumes of data that is generated, said V Chandrashekar, Global Head, S-Governance Practice, TCS.

Addressing the press conference here on Tuesday, he said, SmartGov (earlier Secretariat Knowledge and Information Management System) integrates workflow, knowledge, security managements and core, central and departmental applications.

SmartGov, would create an office management system that will enhance productivity by providing mechanism for information and sharing experience and help exploit the networking for better communication, he said.

This is a result of our domain expertise developed over a period of time by working closely with the state government and our inherent technology edge, Mr Chandrashekar said.

The company is holding talks with various state governments to implement similar projects. The discussions are on with the state governments like Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Kerala, as they are waiting for the implementation of SmartGov in AP, he added. The project would be inaugurated in the next few days time by the state government, he added. Targeted at worldwide market, TCS had also made a detailed presentation of SmartGov project to the UK, Canada, Asian countries, where it received overwhelming response. The company is expected to bag mandate from Sri Lankan government, he said.

Out of the total 33 departments in the Secretariat, six departments are using the software for the last three months and 10 departments would go for SmartGov soon. For the remaining departments, data and other important information is being sourced, to start in the near future, he said.