CIC - Community Information Centers

Introduction
A project of connecting the blocks of the District through ICT was launched in 2000 and accordingly four community information centres were also setup in East Kameng District. Under Phase-1 project, Chayangtajo Block was selected and then in Phase-II, Bameng, Pakke-Kessang and Seppa Blocks were subsequently chosen for the sites. Under various natural stress and strain, the projects were completed in 2002 and have been operational since then. The main salient feature of the CICs has been the internet and email services provided in such mountainous and terrain geography where telephone service is a far off dream for a common man. The rural youths can now get connected with the rest of the world in a click of button and get any information needed. For example, when the CBSE results were declared, the students of Bameng, Pakke-Kessang and Chayangtajo got their results sitting in their schools or Block Hqr within no time. Prior to setting up of CICs, they had to face the hardship of making long journeys to Seppa, the district hqr, and then stand on long queues to know their results or they had to wait for more than a month for the results to arrive at their school. Another benefit has been confirming train reservation status. So, the list goes on....................

CICs Centre in East Kameng District : Bameng,Chayangtajo,Pakke-Kessang & Seppa

Objectives
The project aims to achieve the following objectives:

Infrastructure and Management
Each Centre is well- equipped with infrastructure including one server machine, five client systems, one each of a VSAT, Laser Printer, Dot Matrix Printer, modem, LAN hub, TV, Webcam and two UPS (1KVA, 2 KVA).
CIC INFRASTRUCTURE


Each CIC has two CIC Operators (CICOs) for managing the centers and providing services to the public.

The project is a joint effort by Department of Information Technology (DIT) under Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), National Informatics Centre (NIC) and the State Governments of the North-Eastern states.

DIT has funded the project and has the responsibility of overall monitoring and management. NIC is the Implementation agency. Application Software development and Training of CIC Operators are a part of NIC’s responsibilities. The State Governments were entrusted with the mandate of site selection, preparation and maintenance, manpower recruitment and identification and creation of content for various services/applications to be delivered through the CICs
Project Sustenance
The CICs, already operational, charge nominal amounts from users for services which helps them to meet day-to-day running expenses such as consumables, stationery, fuel for the Genset etc.

DIT/NIC will continue to provide manpower support to the CICs for five years and NIC will provide technical and maintenance support for this period. DIT/NIC will continue to provide satellite connectivity after five years. The Community Information Centres will then be handed over to the respective state governments. The state governments are required to evolve a viable business model to make the CICs self-sustaining during these five years. The private sector may collaborate with government for effective service delivery.
Future Plans

It is proposed to use the Community Information Centres for E-entertainment in the future. A select bouquet of channels could be telecast through the VSAT based network as TVs with other associated infrastructure is already available at the CICs. Other future prospects are the provision of connectivity to Schools,