Telecom operator Airtel has partnered with Uttar Pradesh government to create a future-ready state wide area network (SWAN) to provide citizens access to the government’s digital services.
The service is another initiative for the grassroots penetration of the e-governance services under the various state and central government policies, which were otherwise challenging due to the vast size and diversity of the state.
“UPSWAN, which compares with the best in class networks, will be the digital backbone for the state and help in building a truly connected Uttar Pradesh. On behalf of Airtel, I would like to thank the state administration for giving us this opportunity,” Ajay Chitkara, director and CEO, Airtel Business said.
UPSWAN 2.0 is one of the largest projects in egovernance initiatives and was inaugurated by the UP deputy chief minister Dr. Dinesh Sharma. The project consists of 885 points of presence across the state to provide secure and high-speed delivery of government services to citizens over a closed user group network.
The initiative will benefit those in remote rural areas of the state, who often have to travel long distances to reach the nearest government office to get the paperwork done. UPSWAN 2.0 will allow citizens to access government services such as filing of an application for pensions and financial aid, registration of employment and unemployment, issuance of birth and death certificate, application and renewal of ration cards, etc.