The portal should be the online face of the country
Vijayaditya, Director-General, National Informatics Centre (NIC) details
his plans vis-à-vis the governments recently-launched portal enabling
anytime, anywhere, delivery of government services to the common man.
What are the objectives of the portal?
We have launched the portal india.gov.in with the objective of acting as a single
point of interaction with citizens as well as NRIs and foreigners who plan to
visit India. We want the portal to be the online face of the country
and eventually the homepage of every Indian across the globe. It will include
all the rules and regulations and legislation on education, tax and law along
with all the possible information users would like to know about India. It will
also help entrepreneurs to establish businesses within India.
Could you elaborate on its features?
The portal is currently in English. We are working on launching it in Hindi.
Eventually it will be made available in all the Indian languages. The portal
is device independent so that a user can reach us through mobile phones, handhelds
and PDAs. Users will be able to edit and moderate contents based on levels assigned
to them. Services can be rated by netizens. In order to improve our performance
and services, we will periodically evaluate the rating. Currently the portal
is linked to 5,000 government sites. We are looking at linking the Web site
to other central and state government portals.
What kind of technical and security features did NIC deploy
for the portal?
We have collaborated with IBM to set up the portal and it is based upon open
standards and a Service Oriented Architecture from IBM. This will help us scale
up services and features on the portal. The Web site can also be utilised for
various e-governance projects and initiatives. The security is based on five
levels with IDS and IPS deployed. We also have a third-party security check
on the portal to keep it functional throughout the year without any Denial of
We have deployed Red Hat Linux on the servers. IBM WebSphere application server,
Workplace Content Manager for Web publishing and personalisation, DB2 database
and IBM Rational application developer for application development have also