Source: News Bharati English01 Mar 2017 11:25:04

Kohima, March 1: Among all the states, Nagaland has been awarded as the best in the field of IT and e-Governance sector by the Computer Society of India. Nagaland was the only state in India where the state IT department is running the State Data Centre without engaging private Data Centre Operator (DCO).Nagaland has been awarded as the top performing State from amongst the Northeastern States in the field of IT and e-Governance. The award was received by Nagaland chief minister, Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu in the presence of Minister, IT&C P, Paiwang Konyak and chief secretary, Pankaj Kumar. This was informed by commissioner and secretary, IT & C, K.D Vizo during a felicitation programme at the Chief Ministers Office, Nagaland Civil Secretariat, Kohima on Tuesday.

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While speaking during the programme Vizo, stated that CSI- Nihilent e-Governance Awards is presented every year to outstanding performance in e- Governance.  He explained that the award was given on two categories- State and Project, where Nagaland received the award in State category.

Vizo said that Nagaland is also the only State in India acting as Service Centre Agency (SCA) without engaging private companies for running Common Service Centre (CSC). It was for this reason; the State has been ranked in number one category in India in e-District Mission Mode Project along with Gujarat, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. Nagaland has also become the first State in North Eastern Region to implement Aadhar based Biometric Attendance System in Nagaland Civil Secretariat, he added.

Dr. Shürhozelie Lezietsu congratulated the minister, commissioner & secretary, officer and staff and said that the department has made much progress made in a very short span of time and has brought laurels to the state while also attracting foreign companies.Chief Minister further assured his support towards the development of IT department in the state.

Paiwang termed the occasion as a red letter day not only for the department but to the state. He acknowledged the sacrifice and hard work put in by the officers and staff despite in few numbers, for which the department has been recognized at the national level. He also said that the department has been achieving very significant milestones for the state.

Out of seven States (Gujarat, Nagaland, Karnataka, Chandigarh, Kerala, and Pondicherry & Uttarakhand) which have taken up the National Information Infrastructure (NII) pilot project, Nagaland is the first State in the Country to commission the pilot project for NII on January 6, 2017.

Nagaland also has the largest BPOs in North Eastern Region with 400 seats and the first phase was commissioned on January 27, 2017.  CSI is the first and largest body of computer professionals in India representing computer professionals. It has 72 chapters across India, 511 student branches, and about 100,000 members.