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October 5, 1999
Fatehabad becomes first fully wired district
Fatehabad has become the first-ever district in the country to have a computer network enabling it to transfer a government data file from its remotest corner to its headquarters.
The inauguration of the network happens two years after the district came into being.
The wide area network was conceptualised and established by Raja Sekhar who used the existing backbone of telecommunication network for building his system of a dial-up network.
The system uses a dual server to link district headquarter with all sub-divisions, tehsils, sub-tehsils, block, municipal committees and district offices.
The network has been established by installing a package of computer, printer, modem, UPS and a telephone at each of the 22 sites in the district.
The computers, which have been installed in all government offices of the district, are based on the Pentium-II generation of processors and run the 'Windows' operating system. The connectivity for these computers comes through 33.6 KBPS modems.
Staffers have been given training in collaboration with the National Informatics Centre.
"The thrust of the WAN is to speed up information exchange between various departments. In fact, we have already started receiving on the computer reports on monthly progress, expenditure, development works and even complaints. The enthusiasm among officials is high," Raja Sekhar claims.
With the spread of VSNL connections to the Net, the district offices could get Internet access sooner or later. The process of computerisation of individual offices has begun by designing programmes, he added.
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