Making Chandigarh A Global IT Hub
eGov|September 2018
Making Chandigarh A Global IT Hub

Introducing a slew of measures, Chandigarh Administration is on its way to develop the City Beautiful as a global IT hub. Arjun Sharma, Director IT, Chandigarh Administration, in conversation with Priya Yadav of Elets News Network (ENN), offers insights into the various digital initiatives undertaken to realise this goal.

Priya Yadav

Which key initiatives have you undertaken in the Information Technology sector?

We seek to develop Chandigarh as a global IT hub. Our aim is that if anybody thinks about IT in India, they should think of Chandigarh. To insure this, we already have an IT park in Chandigarh and we are in the process of developing it further. In order to build an enabling ecosystem for IT industry to flourish in the city, we are actively tying up with various academic institutions, private institutions and partners in e-governance space. As far as Chandigarh Administration is concerned, we are pursuing a number of different projects related to IT. For instance, we are doing an e-office project; we are into the Swarm framework; and we have recently joined the Right to Information (RTI) online system. Besides, there are several other initiatives which are going on. We have also developed websites, and many processes, certificates and permissions have gone online. We are working towards easing interactions and reducing human interface with the citizens of Chandigarh.

Can you share some areas of weaknesses in the system that need fixing?

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