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On a Brighter Horizon Webel Leading the Government Process IT Transformation

By GovernanceToday
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May 12, 2017
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kaushik-halderHow was the overall experience for Webel to take upon responsibility to go digital for all the Government offices and departments incorporating citizen and investors-centric services? Is there any timeframe set for turning governance into e-Governance in the state?

Webel is an ideal entity to partner West Bengal Government departments in their attempt to go digital. We have proven competencies in project management which we can leverage to meet the demands of government process IT transformation. Webel has flawlessly executed key IT transformation projects on a pan West Bengal basis with excellent client feedback. Ranging from supply of hardware and software to mission critical IT solutions, Webel offers the full spectrum of IT services.

Webel has already started the process of government transformation by evolving to e-Governance from governance. As the custodians of the e-District project and other initiatives like online single window Webel has pioneered and accelerated eGovernance in West Bengal.

“ Webel has created over 1.1 million square feet of furnished IT space across IT parks as well as hardware parks and electronic manufacturing clusters. These spaces have affordable rates to attract startups“

IT enabled services have now become the order of the day for the progressive and responsible governance. Do you think that there are more challenges ahead with coming up new issues and expectations?

Webel has strong risk mitigation strategies to counter visible challenges. We have a diverse talent pool for devising solutions to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations. Webel solutions will incorporate scalability and redundancy to best take care of upcoming issues. We are also cognizant of the voice of the customer to deliver bespoke solutions and keep ourselves tuned to future expectations.

Along with our Information Technology promotion activities we will continue to concentrate on innovation as a business driver and attempt to stay ahead of the curve.

Do you see West Bengal as an ideal investment ecosystem providing all required services under single window support center in place?

Webel is consciously taking steps to increase the ease of doing business in West Bengal.

About 140 services are under consideration for integration with single window with a further 59 as standalone services. This will ensure that setting up a business becomes considerably more streamlined thereby giving an impetus to investments.

You have deployed “Computer aided Text to Braille System’ to enable the visually impaired to access and read documents from the internet, How was the response so far from the concerned group of people?

Webel is committed to the cause of bringing benefits of Information Technology to the differently abled and is working on development and commercialization of a host of systems for Visually Impaired, Cerebral Palsy affected, Hearing Handicapped and Autistic persons.

Such software is appreciated by stakeholders as it bridges a long felt need.

What are you doing to have the state of the art infrastructure to generate optimum use of skilled manpower?

Webel has led the creation of best in class physical infrastructure. Webel has created over 1.1 million square feet of furnished IT space across IT parks as well as hardware parks and electronic manufacturing clusters. These spaces have affordable rates to attract startups

Webel on behalf of the Department of IT&E has already established 12 numbers of new IT parks since 2012 in various places  namely Rajarhat, Siliguri (Phase II), Durgapur (Phase II), Asansol, Purulia, Barjora, Kharagpur, Haldia, Howrah, Kalyani, Bolpur,Taratala. Facilities under development

“ The development of two hardware parks at Sonarpur and Kalyani are expected to act as catalysts for the growth of the  ESDM (Electronic System Design and Manufacturing) sector and develop the ecosystem for hardware manufacturing in West Bengal. The development of two Electronic Manufacturing Clusters one at Naihati and the other at Falta will be providing suitable facilities for attracting investments“

stages are 4 nos. of IT Parks at Malda, Bantala, Siliguri (Phase II), Krishnagar. Approval for further 7 nos. of IT parks at Coochbehar, Belur,Durgapur (Phase III), Sector V (02 numbers), Kalyani (Phase II), Rajarhat (Phase II) has been obtained for construction.

The development of two  hardware parks at Sonarpur and Kalyani are expected to act as catalysts for the growth of the ESDM (Electronic System Design and Manufacturing) sector and develop the ecosystem for hardware manufacturing in West Bengal. The development of two Electronic Manufacturing Clusters one at Naihati and the other at Falta will be providing suitable facilities for attracting investments.

Thus in summary Webel has been instrumental in setting up the infrastructure backbone which can be leveraged by skilled man power to create value.

What are the major projects you are focusing right now to develop the state IT hub and how is the funding being sourced for the same?

Major projects include development of new IT Parks, two electronic manufacturing clusters and two hardware parks. Additionally Webel is expanding the network of centers providing IT training. Webel is also hosting NASSCOM’s 10,000 startup initiative.

As a demonstration of our commitment to emerging technologies we are conceptualizing a national level institute dedicated to data science. We have also initiated proceedings to setup a Cybersecuritycenter of excellence.

A groundbreaking event supported by Webel isBengalathon – a state level hackathon with a vision to develop solutions for typical citizens’ pain points. This event is expected to attract wide participation and foster coding and programming skills.

Webel is being supported by the Government of West Bengal for operationalizing the projects.

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