NEW DELHI: Taking a long-awaited step towards the realisation of Digital India, a high level committee (HLC) submitted its report for transformation of the National Informatics Centre, the technology infrastructure arm of the government.
Lack of up to date technical expertise and an intricate internal structure have long plagued NIC, according to several people ET has spoken to in the past. Until recently, it did not even have a permanent appointee to head the organization.
NIC was identified as a key improvement area by the then DeitY secretary R S Sharma, when he took the helm two years ago. Sharma, who was consulted by the HLC, had at the time stressed need for NIC to “reinvent” itself, and take on the role of a strategic advisor to the government.
Other members of the HLC included J Satyanarayana, former IT secretary; the DeitY secretary, Professor N Balakrishnan of the Indian Institute of Science, and director general of NIC.