Telecom minister Kapil Sibal to announce NIC’s MeghRaj Cloud initiative today

India’s IT and telecom minister Kapil Sibal will dedicate national cloud of NIC – MeghRaj Cloud initiative — on Tuesday.

Earlier plan of the government was to announce the Meghraj cloud project, a program that aims to move government data, services and application to remote servers, in December.

According to J Satyanarayana, secretary at the department of electronics and information technology, the national cloud initiative aims to establish a secure and unified cyber space for shared government services and infrastructure, provide IT resources on demand, and optimize utilization of IT infrastructure and resources.

In May 2013, the government had released a draft policy for implementation of the government cloud.

In the first phase, the government will be launching National Informatics Centre (NIC) cloud service in Delhi. It has infrastructure, platform, software and storage as a service, which is very important for government departments. It will be on the trial basis. It will also have an app store, which will work along Meghraj.