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PwC Charts Andhra Pradesh E-Governance Strategy

[ASIA] PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has charted a comprehensive strategy for information technology architecture and e-commerce initiatives for the Andhra Pradesh (AP) state government.

"PwC has made a comprehensive report on the strategy to be adopted for setting up an IT infrastructure and security protocols to enable the AP government to implement e-governance on a mass scale. The report will be analyzed by the study group of secretaries and will be implemented in the phased manner," said J Satyanarayana, IT secretary for Andhra Pradesh.

Security policy for the state encompasses the strategic direction of the government regarding information security, defines policies and standards to cover security-related risks and also works up a model for managing security violations while laying down user guidelines detailing the do's and don'ts.

Satyanarayana said that the government has identified and approached four external agencies to implement the entire exercise of setting up of infrastructure, networking, and security protocols. Initially these agencies will develop pilot projects covering five government departments, which have already been computerized such as commercial taxes, treasury, transport, registration and state secretariat.

The entire project is expected to be implemeneted over two to seven years, and if required, the government may seek external sources of funding including the World Bank, said Satyanarayana.