Kerala State IT Mission in for major revamp: IT Minister

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Tvm: The Minister for Industries, IT and Urban Affairs, Shri P K Kunhalikutty today informed the Kerala Legislative Assembly that the Government plan to completely restructure and revamp the Kerala State Information Technology Mission (KSTIM). The Minister was replying to the debate on the demands for grants in the Assembly. He also added that the IT Mission had lost focus during the tenure of the previous Government under LDF rule.

The Minister stated during the discussion that the LDF Government had launched several unnecessary and costly projects such as the Centre for Advanced Training in Free and Open Source Software (CATFOSS), the International Centre for Free and Open Source Software (ICFOSS), the Computer Emergency Response Team – Kerala (CERT-K) and the various IT finishing schools. He announced that all these projects would be reviewed and the present Government would then decide on the continuity of these projects, most of which has become a liability.

It may be recalled that during his first interaction with the media after taking charge as the Minister for IT, Kunhalikutty had said that the IT Mission had to be regulated as it was overstaffed and was working without a focus. Later, in a major decision by the new Government, KSITM was brought under the ambit of Lok Ayukta. The IT Mission has been rudderless for a year as it hasn’t got a full time Director since October 2010. Recently, allegations over several appointments in the Department of IT (Infopark Kochi CEO, ICT Academy Director and CERT-K Director) during the LDF rule have surfaced.

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