In an attempt to collect primary data and information from villages on a day-to-day basis through e-mail in Hyderabad, the Andhra Pradesh government has proposed to utilise the existing infrastructure owned by banks, post offices besides primary agriculture cooperative societies (PACS) and STD booths.
Chief Minister Mr Naidu said that the village-based daily reports on various development projects will be obtained through e-mail or modem facility using PACS network up to district headquarters and from there the data can be routed through state’s own portal to the secretariat in Hyderabad.
Similarly, the village-Internet-centres will be authorised to collect the utility bills, provide government certificates, work sanctions, operations of public distribution system and a variety of government services, to reduce middlemen and official interventions in the process.
The PACS project is being implemented on a pilot basis in four districts – Krishna, West Godavari, Chittor and Nizamabad – in association with CoOp-tions Technologies, which is funded by Infosys Techno-logies’ co-founder NS Ragha-van.
The CM has asked the officials to rollout the computerisation network in all the viable 3,600 PACS in the state by October 2003.
CoOptions has already established PACS network in about 110 societies, while the work in 136 societies is in the final stages.
Further the company will complete the implementation of 404 societies by end of January 2003, explained CoOptions’ managing director, Y Subrahmanyam.
Besides setting up PACS centres at the grassroot level, CoOptions has set up data centres at district level and data warehouse at the state level. In addition to the traditional services such as cooperative credit, banking and trade, it offers other services like insurance, health services, market information, agro-products information, etc.
CoOptions has also associated with state government’s ‘mahila spurthi’ , an integrated information system for women self-help groups. The solution developed by the company is meant for setting up of Information Acquisition and Dissemination Centres, which are connected through dial-up lines to the governmental, commercial and banking agencies for communication and transaction requirements of the self-help groups.