IT Giant Wipro will be connecting Karnataka’s government offices from the Gram Panchayat level in the state in order to make system smooth to serve people. It would be implemented under the Karnataka State Wide Area Network (KSWAN) project- I and II.

“KSWAN, that initially began in 2009, has ended in 2014. Now the cabinet has given the go-ahead for KSWAN-I and KSWAN-II. For this, we will be signing a five-year contract with Wipro. Rs 615.82 crore bid has been accepted,” Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister T B Jayachandra said.

KSWAN was first set-up in December 2009 by Centre to promote e-Governance with an assistance of the Union Government to provide reliable and most secure network connectivity and bandwidth upgradation to sustain user requirements of state. After the cabinet meeting, Rs 185 crore will be paid to BSNL for five years bandwidth.

In order to get stable bandwidth for fault-free video, voice and data communication, network building will be the serious task, keeping system smooth. While, an approach of connecting all the offices of Karnataka, Jayachandra said: “We are aiming to connect up to 10,000 offices from 4,000.”

“We will have to ratify GST which will come into effect on July 1. By then we will have to do it, so it will be probably in the June first week. Also, our vote on account is only for three months,” he said.

Amongst the all other decisions taken by Cabinet, Civil Aviation Policy will be reviewed again by Civil Aviation Ministry, considering the aspects of e-Governance.