The West Bengal government Friday awarded a Rs.103 crore contract to Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) for designing and implementing ICT solutions for the rural employment guarantee scheme in the state.
Th state government’s panchayat and rural development department Friday signed an agreement with the IT major for the purpose. TCS will design, development, implement and maintain the end-to-end ICT solution for MNREGS, the flagship social development programme of the central government for providing 100 days work to the rural households, for five years in the state.
“We did the same kind of project in Andhra Pradesh. Now we are really concentrating on West Bengal. About six-and-half months will be needed for rolling out of the project across the state,” said TCS vice president and global head of government industry solution unit Tanmoy Chakrabarty.
“This will ensure transparency in the public delivery programme. We expect that by IT-enabling MNREGS programme the rural job seekers will be able to avail of the 100 days of work with full remunerative wages,” said state Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Subrata Mukherjee.