Jharkhand state in India is embarking on a mammoth e-governance project to link panchayats with state headquarters, aiming to bring transparency in its administration. The state government has also taken up another important scheme — state natural resources management system — which is aimed at developing statewide mapping and monitoring of natural resources in the mineral-rich state. Under the statewide area network (swan) project the plan is to extend internet and e-governance facilities to the people. And in the first phase, all the 212 blocks will be brought under SWAN, a centrally funded programme. The natual resources management system, which is cent-per-cent state-sponsored, would generate database for all kinds of natural resources available in Jharkhand, using remote sensing and GIS.