India launches Meghraj: a Cloud initiative for governance
New Delhi, December 7 2013: TheGovernment of India has embarked on an ambitious initiative – “GI Cloud” or ‘Meghraj’ -- to evolve a strategy and implement various components including governance mechanisms to ensure harnessing of the Cloud in governance.
A Task Force was constituted by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeiTY) under the chairmanship of the Additional Secretary (eGov) to bring out the strategic direction and implementation roadmap of GI Cloud leveraging the existing or new infrastructure.
VARIndia quotes Renu Budhiraja, a Senior Director at DeitY: "Among other things, the Meghraj will be a repository and marketplace of e-governance apps. These are cloud-ready apps that can run on national clouds or others. They are also downloadable, and can be run at state data centers. The project can find application in areas like Public Distribution Ssystem (PDS) and land records. However, specifics of such application are yet to be worked out."
A separate Working Group at DeitY headed byInfosys veteran Kris Gopalakrishnan is also working on enabling cloud services in India covering aspects like jurisdiction, cross-border data flow, data security, data location etc.