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NIC and Covid-19

  • 15 Apr 2020
  • 3 min read

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According to the National Informatics Centre (NIC), traffic on the websites of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has gone up significantly as people looked for information about Covid-19.

Key Points

  • Citizens look up to a source of genuine information on the pandemic.
  • Various State centres of the NIC are working with the State governments to develop tracking and management portals to help the State and the district administration to combat the pandemic.
    • This is done on similar lines of those already launched in Kerala and Meghalaya.
    • For example, Covid-19 Jagratha: This portal was launched in Kerala.
      • It is a one stop platform for the public to avail emergency services and information related to Covid-19 and ensures transparency and quality in public services and welfare measures.
  • NIC also highlighted some of the challenges of Work From Home(WFH) such as:
    • Configuration Challenges: Configuring Virtual Private Network (VPN) access — core to enabling government employees to work from their homes — to a large number of employees in a span of three or four days.
      • A VPN provides online privacy and anonymity by creating a private network from a public internet connection.
    • Limited Manpower: Given most of the members at NIC were also working from home, executing change at different levels was difficult with a limited manpower.
    • Logistical Constraints: Availability of laptops or a home desktop for every resource was another challenge.
  • Apart from increased traffic on ICMR's and Health Ministry's website, NIC’s videoconferencing service is also being extensively used due to social distancing norms.
    • The videoconferencing service used by government officials, including the President and the Prime Minister, besides Union Ministers, Governors and Chief Ministers.

National Informatics Centre

  • NIC provides network backbone and e-Governance support to the Central Government, State Governments and UT Administrations.
  • NIC has been closely associated with the Government in different aspects of Governance besides establishing a Nationwide State-of-the-Art information and communication technology (ICT) Infrastructure.
  • it has also built a large number of digital solutions to support the government at various levels, making the last-mile delivery of government services to the citizens a reality.
  • It is under the aegis of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology
  • It was established in 1976 and is located in New Delhi.

Source: TH

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