Patna: In a bid to promote the e-governance and IT enabled services, the state government has decided to form Bihar Information Technology Authority (BITA) which would be headed by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

BITA would be empowered to draft schemes for the development of IT services in the state. Also, a monitoring committee led by Chief Secretary would be formed so as to examine the IT schemes.

The departments concerned would be liable to submit a report to the committee regarding the steps taken by them for the development of the IT enabled services.

The formation of Information Technology Authority has been prominently mentioned in the new IT policy of the state.

It’s been four years since the establishment of IT department in the state which came into being in April 2007. The department has been functioning as a nodal branch for the various other departments. It also makes various facilities related to e-governance available to the other departments.

Close on the heels of Information Technology Authority, there is a proposal for constituting a district e-governance society in every district. District Magistrate is expected to be the head of the society. Officials from various other departments including NIC would be engaged in the society.

The e-governance society would have the authority to decide the nature of work for the development of IT department, besides taking a decision on how to implement the IT related schemes.