Lanka Government Cloud 2.0

Lanka Government Cloud 2.0

When the current technology enhancements and trends are considered, it is essential to implement a fully-fledged cloud environment which is capable of facilitating the emerging needs. Furthermore, ICTA is planning for new initiatives such as big data analytics, digital documentation and mGov application which need a fully-fledged cloud environment.

The version 1 of Lanka Government Cloud (LGC 1.0) was initially implemented with the objective of facilitating Lanka Gate and its components and enhanced later as a government cloud. Due to this, there are some limitations to enhance the LGC 1.0 further to cater to all government and emerging needs.

In view of the above facts, ICTA intends to implement an industry standard cloud environment to serve as the ‘Lanka Government Cloud 2.0’ (LGC 2.0) to provide efficient, cost effective, reliable and secure services. LGC 2.0 will cater to all government infrastructure requirements and it is expected that citizen engagement will be increased in numerous ways with proposed initiatives. While LGC 2.0 will be providing answers to the limitations and constraints of the initial version of the LGC (LGC 1.0), LGC 2.0 will create the platform to move forward with government cloud (G-Cloud) concept with great scalability.

Parallel to the Lanka Government Network 2.0 (LGN 2.0) which aims at connecting 3,500 government organizations during next three years, LGC 2.0 will be playing a vital role. Big data cluster will be a key component of LGC 2.0, where all government data belong to all categories will be stored. Big data analytics (or process of examining large data sets containing a variety of data types) which will be a major outcome of the big data cluster can be very effectively used for the economic growth of the country. Apart from this, open data platform will create a conducive environment in the country along with the government’s initiatives such as ‘Right-to-Information – RTI’ act.

In Essence

LGC 2.0 aims at providing industry standard cloud services to cater to all government. LGC 2.0 will consist of a big data cluster which will facilitate storing of government data belong to any category, big data analytics and open data platform. Moreover, LGC 2.0 will provide common shared services such as document management system.

  • Provide industry standard cloud services
  • Promote effective utilization of hardware resources by using latest cloud operations systems and tools.
  • Provide centralized solutions for common platforms such as document management system and big data platform.
  • To be aligned with the current technology enhancements and trends and thereby facilitating the services for emerging needs.
  • 1 Petabyte storage for big data cluster Other statistics are not yet available. However, planning to provide;
  • IaaS, SaaS facilities for all government needs
  • Virtual machine and Docker based (application container) services
  • Common and shared services for all government organizations

Lanka Government Cloud 1.0

Lanka Government Cloud 1.0

Cloud computing has emerged significantly and many businesses and governments worldwide entertain number of benefits by subscribing to the services offered by clouds. Under the ‘Lanka Gate’ project of the e-Sri Lanka initiative, the primary objective of this hardware infrastructure was to host a group of systems including Lanka Gate, Country Portal, Mobile Portal, associated e-Services and other re-engineering government solutions. This hardware infrastructure was designed in such a manner that it can be expanded to support not only the systems listed above, but also it can meet IT system requirements of the entire government organizations. Furthermore, this model could entertain hardware (server) requirements of any government organization which is willing to leverage on this infrastructure to add physical hardware resources to increase the scalability. Along with the ‘Government Community Cloud’ concept, this framework of hardware and network infrastructure is named as ‘Lanka Government Cloud (LGC)’.

LGC was implemented in 2011, and LGC is primarily designed for the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) delivery model which is the most common cloud delivery model. However, Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) delivery models are also desirable for government for hosting some categories of application. ICTA has already deployed several applications under SaaS model.

LGC now runs more than 400 virtual servers for more than 50 applications including critical production systems such as Lanka Gate and its components, e-Services, e-Civil Registry, e-State Land Information Management System and e-Local Government. Government organizations have several benefits such as high availability, security, cost effectiveness, flexibility and easy implementation by leveraging on LGC. Therefore, the demand has been increased.

In Essence

Lanka Government Cloud (LGC) was implemented with the primary objective of providing reliable, secure and cost effective infrastructure services. LGC is a blade-server based hardware infrastructure with virtualization capabilities with high hardware level redundancy.

Government organizations can leverage on LGC rather than investing on servers and server rooms/data centers.

  • Provide reliable and secure infrastructure facilities for the Lanka Gate and its components.
  • Provide reliable, secure, cost-effective and flexible infrastructure facilities for e-Government applications.
  • Facilitate the government to adopt cloud technologies and thereby increase the success rate of e-Government applications.
  • More than 400 virtual servers
  • 50+ different applications
  • 20+ government organizations

Lanka Government Network Postal Office Connect (LGN P-Connect)

Lanka Government Network Postal Office Connect (LGN P-Connect)

To build highly available, secure and reliable government network to link all post offices to a single digital infrastructure.

The project will be implemented in 200 post offices in year 2016;

Outputs

  • Establish government network with 100Mbps last mile connectivity to each post office.
  • Establish wireless networks at each post office
  • Enable access to unlimited Hi-Speed secure Internet facility for postal offices (up to 10Gbps)
  • Enable access to Lanka Government Cloud (LGC) services from any post office
  • Offer better and cost effective communication platform to use with cloud based email facility, G2G IP based voice facility and video communication facility to entire postal network
  • To provide trusted and secure connectivity to other government organizations to exchange government data.

Outcomes

Achieve the connected government concept by connecting every government organization to a single data backbone to make public services citizen centric and perform cross organizational functionalities electronically. Ensure the accessibility to the LGN network from anywhere in the country via Wi-Fi technology.

In Essence

Lanka Government Network Postal Office Connect (LGN P-Connect) is the high-speed underlying information infrastructure which is:

  • highly available (works 99.99% of the time)
  • secure (free from virus and hacking, encrypted)
  • reliable (consistent performance)
  • To provide high speed Wide Area Network (100Mbps) connectivity to post offices to connect with LGN main backbone
  • To provide Wi-Fi facility to access LGN services and government services for employees and for citizens as well.
  • To establish a common digital infrastructure to postal network of Sri Lanka to share information and provide digital content and electronic services to general public

Connectivity and LGN P-Connect facilities will be provided to total of 4000 post offices by end of year 2017.

Lanka Government Network 2.0 (LGN 2.0)

Lanka Government Network 2.0 (LGN 2.0)

Aligned with the National Policy of ‘Digitization of Economy’, ICTA implements several initiatives to provide efficient and effective services to the citizens and businesses. Improving and developing the digital infrastructure of Sri Lanka is one of the key initiatives undertaken by ICTA towards achieving the above objective. In order to transform Sri Lanka towards a digitally empowered society, ICTA has introduced some revolutionary technologies, LGN is a strategic project of Re-Engineering Government program launched by the ICTA.

The government of Sri Lanka has recognized the need for a digital economy and has taken measures to digitalize the administration in order to successfully face future economic and social challenges.
Lanka Government Network version 2.0 (LGN 2.0) is a Wide Area Computer Network which is the highly available, secure and reliable and dedicated underlying information infrastructure backbone that aims to connect all the government organizations of GOSL in a cost-effective and secure manner to provide centralized Internet, Email and video conferencing services, Enable access to Lanka Government Cloud (LGC) services from any government organization. Also, it’s provide number of government eservices and Provide trusted and secure connectivity to other government organizations to exchange government data through this network.

By successfully deploying the LGN project, ICTA aims at encouraging public sector employees to get better acquainted with Information and Communication Technology (ICT), assuring efficiency and smooth flow of information as well as improving standards of service in the public sector to be able to provide efficient citizen services.

 

 

Objectives

  • To establish a dedicated digital infrastructure to government in order for share  information and
    provide digital content and electronic services to general public.
  • To provide high speed Wide Area Network connectivity to 860 government locations to connect with LGN
    main backbone.
  • To provide Wi-Fi facility to access government services for employees and for citizens as well.
  • To facilitate the government organizations to utilize this LGN network for effective and efficient
    service delivery
  • To merge existing network infrastructure of each government organization into LGN network where if
    required.
  • To provide uninterrupted, reliable and fast Internet connectivity to the government organizations.
  • To provide trusted and secure connectivity to other government organizations to exchange government
    data.

To formulate policies, operating procedures and guidelines to assure the security of the network to align with industry best practices, the proposed LGN 2.0 initiative offers up to 100 Mbps last mile connectivity for all government location through fiber optic media. Also from this network ICTA intends to build their Local area network with providing Wi-Fi facilities with enabling cross government dedicated network in Sri Lanka.

In Essence

Lanka Government Network 2.0 (LGN 2.0) is the high-speed underlying information infrastructure which is:

  • highly available (works 99.99% of the time)
  • secure (free from virus and hacking, encrypted)
  • reliable (consistent performance)
  • Established government network with 2Mbps to 100Mbps last mile connectivity to each government organizations including post offices.
  • Established wireless networks at each government location.
  • Enabled access to unlimited Hi-Speed secure Internet facility for government organizations
  • Enabled access to Lanka Government Cloud (LGC) services from any government organization
  • Enabling of  integration with existing networks in GoSL with LGN in a secure manner
  • Offer a better and cost effective communication platform to use with cloud based email facility, G2G IP based voice facility and video communication facility
  • Offer relevant ICT training facilities to government officers through Capacity Building project

Connectivity and LGN 2.0 facilities provided to total of 3500 government organizations by end of year 2017.

Current status
•    860 sites already selected.
•    ICTA started the site survey.
•    Project Steering Committee has already appointed.
•    Success fully completed 90% of site survey for LGN 2.0
•    Implementation of LGN 2.0 is ongoing
•    User Acceptance testing (UAT) is successfully started by ICTA team for 50 pilot  sites.

Project Kick-off : Lanka Government Network 2.0

ICTA and Sri Lanka Telecom officially sign the contract on 23rd Feb 2017 at Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure of Sri Lanka

 

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LGN 2.0 -Pilot 50 Sites and LGN Core
# Category District Organization Name Initial BW Allocation
1 Other Colombo LGN – NOC 50 Mbps
2 MIN Colombo Ministry of Education 50 Mbps
3 MIN Colombo Ministry of Finance 50 Mbps
4 MIN Colombo Ministry of Foreign Affairs 10 Mbps
5 MIN Colombo Ministry of Higher Education and Highways 20 Mbps
6 MIN Colombo Ministry of Home Affairs 50 Mbps
7 MIN Colombo Ministry of Local Government and Provincial Councils 20 Mbps
8 DEPT Kandy Department of Agriculture 10 Mbps
9 DEPT Colombo Department of Auditor General 10 Mbps
10 DEPT Colombo Department of Census and Statistics 10 Mbps
11 DEPT Colombo Department of Commerece 10 Mbps
12 DEPT Colombo Department of Examinations 10 Mbps
13 DEPT Colombo Department of Forests Conservation 10 Mbps
14 DEPT Colombo Department of Immigration and Emigration 10 Mbps
15 DEPT Colombo Department of Import and Export Control 10 Mbps
16 DEPT Colombo Department of Inland Revenue 10 Mbps
17 DEPT Colombo Department of Meteorology 10 Mbps
18 DEPT Colombo Department of Police 10 Mbps
19 DEPT Colombo Department of Post 10 Mbps
20 DEPT Colombo Department of Prison 10 Mbps
21 DEPT Colombo Department of Registrar Generals 10 Mbps
22 DEPT Colombo Department of Registrar of Companies 10 Mbps
23 DEPT Colombo Department of Registration of Persons 10 Mbps
24 DEPT Colombo Department of Survey Generals 10 Mbps
25 DEPT Colombo Department of Wildlife conservation 10 Mbps
26 ST_BD Colombo Election Commission of Sri Lanka 10 Mbps
27 ST_BD Colombo Parliament of Sri Lanka 10 Mbps
28 ST_BD Colombo Presidential Secretariat 10 Mbps
29 ST_BD Colombo Prime Minister’s Office 10 Mbps
30 ST_BD Colombo Sri Lanka Customs 10 Mbps
31 DIST Badulla Badulla District Secretariat 2 Mbps
32 DIST Colombo Colombo District Secretariat 2 Mbps
33 DIST Kurunegala Kurunegala District Secretariat 2 Mbps
34 DIST Polonnaruwa Polonnaruwa District Secretariat 2 Mbps
35 DIST Puttalam Puttalam District Secretariat 2 Mbps
36 DS Badulla Badulla Divisional Secretariat 2 Mbps
37 DS Badulla Haldumulla Divisional Secretariat 2 Mbps
38 DS Polonnaruwa Thamankaduwa Divisional Secretariat 2 Mbps
39 DS Kurunegala Galgamuwa Divisional Secretariat 2 Mbps
40 LAND Colombo Colombo Land and District Registry 2 Mbps
41 LAND Colombo Nugegoda Land and District Registry 2 Mbps
42 PRISON Colombo Watareka Prison 2 Mbps
43 PRISON Colombo Welikada Prison 2 Mbps
44 PROV ELG Badulla Badulla Municipal Council 2 Mbps
45 PROV ELG Polonnaruwa Thamankaduwa Pradeshiya Sabha 2 Mbps
46 HEALTH Kurunegala Base Hospital – Galgamuwa 50 Mbps
47 HEALTH Polonnaruwa District General Hospital – Polonnaruwa 50 Mbps
48 HEALTH Colombo National Hospital of Sri Lanka 50 Mbps
49 ERL Colombo Office of the Provincial Commissioner of Motor Traffic – Western Province 2 Mbps
50 Other Colombo ICTA 20 Mbps

Lanka Government Network (LGN) 1.0

Lanka Government Network (LGN)

The ‘Lanka Government Network’ (LGN) is the government owned private network which is highly available, secure and reliable underlying information infrastructure backbone that aims to connect all the government organizations of Government of Sri Lanka in a cost-effective and secure manner.

The project was implemented in 3 main stages as follows,
Stage I: Provided LGN facilities to 325 government organizations across 13 districts in year 2007-2010)
Stage II: Provided LGN facilities to additional 151 government organizations across 7 districts in year 2010-2012.
Stage III: Provied LGN facilities to additional 74 government organizations across remaining 5 districts in year 2014.

In Essence

Lanka Government Network (LGN) is the underlying information infrastructure which is:

  • highly available (works 99.99% of the time)
  • secure (free from virus and hacking, encrypted)
  • reliable (consistent performance)
  • Provide basic computer equipments necessary to support the operations and connectivity
  • Provide network connectivity (LAN) within the organization
  • Provide inter-connectivity (512Kbps WAN) to all GoSL organizations
  • Provide centrally managed email access (with web based email access) to all GoSL organizations
  • Provide centrally managed Internet access to all GoSL organizations
  • Provide centrally managed trusted secure connection to authorized government agencies
  • Provide centrally managed IP based G2G voice services facility to GoSL organizations

USD 22 Million project

Connectivity and LGN facilities provided to total of 551 government organizations:

  • 48 Ministries
  • 60 Departments
  • 22 Statutory bodies
  • 25 Distrct secretariats
  • 331 Divisional secretariats
  • 9 Provincial chief secretariat offices
  • 36 Provincial ministries
  • 18 Provincial departments

Government web Development and Government Internet Data Center (GIDC)

Government web Development and Government Internet Data Center (GIDC)

Public sector of Sri Lanka is yet to harness the potential of Internet to provide their information and services due to few reasons such as
1. Low penetration of Internet which results in
a) Ignorance of the capabilities of websites to disseminate the information and provide services to their clients
b) Lack of recipients for web based information and services
2. Lack of in-house know-how on web related issues
3. Lack of technical and financial assistance related to web activities such as web development and hosting

Reengineering Government Programme has launched many projects to address above issues. For example LakGovNet project would increase the Internet penetration in the public sector immensely while Government ICT Training project would equip around 10,000 government officers with ICT knowledge and skills in the near future.

In parallel to above initiatives Re-Gov programme has taken two major steps to increase the government web presence.
(A). Government Web Development Project which provides necessary assistance for constructing the websites or revamping the existing websites of the government organizations.
(B). Government Internet Data Center (GIDC) which provides web hosting facilities for the government

Methodology

The approach of the Re-Gov programme is to select several web developers (through the tender process) and assign them with the development of websites for selected government organizations for developing websites.

The web developers will work with relevant government organizations under the supervision and guidance of Re-Gov Programme.

In order to facilitate common approach for government web development Re-Gov Programme has formulated 3 documents to guide the government organizations as well as web developers a set of web development guidelines for government.
1. Web development guidelines for government organizations
2. Government ICT standards – which set down the web development standards
3. Proposed structure for government websites – This outlines a general structure for government websites
All the organizations that are participated in this project to develop their websites will get the free web hosting facilities for three years, at the Government Internet Data Center

In Essence

(A) Government Web Development Project
The main objective of the project is to increase the Sri Lankan government web presence. This aims at encouraging the public organisation in dissemination of information and delivery of services through Internet by providing financial and technical assistant to construct public websites. This service is provided to government as a complete free service.

(B) GIDC is the government owned Internet Data Center where all government organizations can host their websites and web services free of charge. GIDC consists of all required components of an Internet data center such as security, payment gateways etc. but at the first stage GIDC is only providing web hosting space for the government organizations.

Organization Type No of websites
Ministries 20
Departments 37
Authority 07
Boards 04
Bureaus 03
Commissions 05
Corporations 03
Councils 01
Foundations 01
Institutes 14
Institutes 14
Institutes 14
Secretariats 2
Organization under provincial Councils 44
Divisional Secretariats 331
District Secretariats 25

Lanka Interoperability Framework (LIFe)

Lanka Interoperability Framework (LIFe)

Lanka Interoperability Framework (LIFe) is a set of open standards to ensure the interoperability in government information systems. Interoperability enables diverse information systems from various organizations to seamlessly work toget

In Essence

  • Define Data and Process standards for each information domain
  • Make sure all information systems in Government adhere to LIFe
  • Ensure Government systems can easily communicate with each-other for form an ‘Integrated Government’
  • 5 Information domains are already covered (Personal, Land, Vehicle, Tax Collection (Inland Revenue) and Foreign Funded Project Coordination)
  • Process Standard on ‘Single Window for Export’ is defined
  • 5 Domains each to be covered in next 02 years

eSLIMS – State Land Information Management System

eSLIMS – eState Land Information Management System

 

Background

Land has an asset value and the Provincial Land Commissioner’s Department – Western Province (WP-LDC) and the Department of Land Commissioner General are responsible for managing government lands within the Western Province.
WP-LDC is the key organization involved in state land disposal in WP. It is vested with the responsibility of managing government lands in the Western Province governed by regulations under Crown Land Ordinance, Land Development Ordinance and Land Grant Special Provision Act, Land Redemption Ordinance and Western Province Land Development Statute.
The issuing of land permits, land grants and releasing lands on long term lease are the main functions which are performed by the department. There are several organizations involved in the process of releasing a land i.e. Divisional Secretariat, District Secretariat, Western Province Land Ministry and Ministry of Land and Land Development, Department of Land Commissioner General’s and Presidential Secretariat.

In Essence

This project intended to develop a more citizen friendly and efficient and effective for state land disposal process. Hence this project intends,

  • To develop a solution which captures the entire process of land disposal at Divisional Secretariats, Provincial Departments, Central Government Department, Ministry and the Presidential Secretariat
  • To allow online application service for government lands based on different purposes
  • To provide status details of land release applications to applicants.
  • To provide details regarding government land related regulations and releasing processes.
  • To maintain up to date state land ledger with collection and overdue payments for alienated lands
  • To maintain all records in electronic formats in relation to of land alienation activities in textual any graphical format.
  • To maintain up-to-date details of state lands in Western Province

Successfully established eState Land Information & Management System in year 2013.

State Land Information and management system (eSlims) covered 256 Divisional Secretariats up to now. (Western, Central, Southern, North Western and North provinces are covered).

The existing process

The process of releasing a land is conducted manually at each organization and communicated by post to the next higher level in the workflow.
Key problems related to existing processes
•    Obtaining state land utilization information
Although there are many government organizations which are dealing with crown lands, there is no single location where the information with regard to government lands can be obtained.
•    Accurate information of land alienation transactions
Once transaction initiated on land alienation it travels across many government organizations until it is completed, information is available on current status of such transactions.
•    Obtaining information on un-alienated lands
Currently Department of Land Commissioner General, WP-DLC as well as Divisional Secretariats maintain paper files with regard to the land which have been alienated. However it is very difficult to obtain such information as those are in paper files.
•    Calculating and estimating the revenue income from state lands
Simply because the income is calculated and changed by through manual processes amount is also difficult to calculate and known.

 

The solution: State Land MIS solution

The following activities are considered as the scope of the State Land MIS solution that could be listed as macro level activities of the eSLIMS solution. They are,

1.    Land grants

Land grants are issued under regulations such as Land Development Ordinance, Crown Land Ordinance and Land Redemption Ordinance. The land grants are issued for those who received/have a land permit. The recipients can be categorized as low income groups, high income groups, farmers’ class, educated youths and Buddhist temples.
There are different types of grants which are issued under different regulations such as Free Grants, Middle Class Grants, Land Development Ordinance Grants and Special Grants. The initial request should be made through Divisional Secretariats. Land grants are issued for special projects, agriculture activities, residents and for the Buddhist temples.

2.    Land permits

The land permit is the initial document which is issued to the selected land applicants under the Land Development Ordinance and Western Province Land Development Statute. Applications are submitted through Divisional Secretariats and it should be approved by the provincial land ministry as per the decision of the provincial cabinet.

3.    Annual land permits

The annual permits are issued to people for the purpose of using short term agriculture activities and residential purpose under Crown Land Ordinance. The request should be submitted through Divisional Secretariat. The permits are issued for an annual fee which is part of the department income.

4.    Land release for departments

This is the process of releasing lands for government department and ministries under Crown Land Ordinance. The request should be made through Divisional Secretariat and the final approval is made by the land commissioner general of the central government Land Commissioner General’s Department. A releasing certificate is issued for the selected government organization.

5.    Long term leasing approval letter.

The long term leasing approval letter is issued under Crown Land Ordinance for a period of 30 years. The recipients are individuals or institutions for the purpose of residence, agriculture, industries, special projects and religions places. The application should be made through a Divisional Secretariat. Final approval is given by the provincial land ministry.

6.    Long term leasing agreements

The lease agreement is issued only after issuing the lease approval letter for a land recipient under Crow Land Ordinance. This is also one of the functions of releasing a land on long term lease. Lease rentals are collected as the income releasing lands for commercial activities.

7.    Vesting orders

Lands which are transferred for government organizations such as Local government Authorities and three armed forces by a vesting order are performed under this process. The approval is given by the H. E. the President.

8.    Yield tax permits

This is a process of collecting tax from lands which are released for the people on the basis of yield consumption. Yield income is collected from the lands issued to departments and auctioning yield of unreleased lands.

9.    Land Kachchary

Lands are released to the people through a Land Kachchary. It is a method of selecting land recipients by evaluating land applications. Selected applicants are issued a permit under Land Development Ordinance and grants under Special Grant Provision Act.

Outputs

  • State land information registry
  • Efficient and effective services for releasing lands
  • State land information sharing policy
  • Online services for land applicants

Outcomes

  • An accurate nationwide representation of the land statistics, analytics of the land information.
  • Greater efficiency and productivity in the process of providing services in the land related matters.
  • Evidence-based decision making in government, and the wider community through access to integrated services of the land domain.
  • Contribution to the doing business index

Objectives

The project intends to develop a more citizen friendly, efficient and effective process for state land disposal by:
a.    Developing a solution which captures the entire process of land disposal at Divisional Secretariats, Provincial Departments, Central Government Department, Ministry and the Presidential Secretariat
b.    Providing status updates on land release applications to applicants.
c.    Providing information on  government land related regulations and releasing processes.
d.    Maintaining all land alienation activity related records in electronic (textual and graphical) format.
e.    Maintaining up-to-date details of state lands in the Western Province
According to the system study conducted at the Land Commissioner Department of Western Province, the envisaged eSLIMS solution has to contribute for the main objectives as well as the supporting activities of the department. Therefore, the functionality of the eSLIMS solution is expected to cater for issuing lands on permits, grants, long term lease for departments and private parties, yield tax collection and vesting orders of the Land Commissioner Department of Western Province.

eSamurdhi

eSamurdhi

The eSamurdhi project is to be implemented by Re-Gov (with the assistance of Technology Team (TT) of ICTA) by adopting the Software Development Services Approach (SDSA). This approach requires defining the requirements of eSamurdhi in detail, carrying out a Research and Development (R&D) assignment to define the architecture, deciding on the suitable freely available software products that would cater for the stated functional requirements and finally developing the required software.

Re-Gov has completed the system study by deploying its human resources; however ICTA has decided to select software development service provider to develop independent but easily pluggable software component required for the eSamurdhi solution. The system study has identified nine (9) modules to be included in the envisaged eSamurdhi solution which is described under “Scope of work and outline of tasks to be carried out”.

Samurdhi is the main social welfare program implemented by the government and it is executed by two government organizations i.e. Samurdhi Commissioner General’s Department (SCGD), SASL. The SCGD has been given the mandate of identifying eligible beneficiaries and issue Samurdhi Stamps, by the Ministry of Nation’s Building Sri Lanka as a government department. The SASL is mainly responsible for empowering Samurdhi beneficiaries and low income earners. Therefore, SASL carries out number of development activities targeting to improve beneficiary income level, improve beneficiary savings habits and provide credit facilities for self employment projects. The SASL has been established under the Samurdhi Authority of Sri Lanka Act No. 30 of 1995 and managed by Financial Regulations of the GoSL.

The proposed e-Samurdhi Project mainly focuses on improving the functions and work processes of SASL. It is a centralized solution which covers National level Samurdhi activities and Local government level Samurdhi activities.

SASL is the owner and the primary stakeholder of the e-Samurdhi project. Other stakeholders are Samurdhi beneficiaries, SCDG and District and Divisional Secretariats. The Lanka Government Network (LGN) would be used as the backbone of the e-Samurdhi project. Therefore, this would one of major initiative via LGN to exploit the existing sophisticated network infrastructure for the benefit of citizen and the GoSL.

SASL is comprised of various functional divisions and units. Various activities are carried by those divisions and units at different levels. i.e. National level, District level, Divisional Secretariat level and Wasam level. The following diagram illustrates the organization structure and information flow of the SASL.

As shown in the above diagram the functions of the SASL have been extended to the local government level with different levels of authority. There are subsidiary organizations of SASL at local government level such as Samurdhi Banks, Maha Sangams and beneficiary organizations.

The main functions carried out by SASL are as follows;

a) Planning and Implementation
i. Preparation of divisional action plans
ii. Preparation of programs and measuring indicators
iii. Budgeting
iv. Project proposal handling
v. Project monitoring and evaluation

b) Management of Samurdhi Banks
i. Maintenance of ledgers relating to compulsory savings, loan transactions and Insurance premium collection
ii. Re-investment of bank funds in profitable sources

c) Beneficiary related activities
i. Capture and maintain beneficiaries’ information.
ii. Provide information relating to projects implemented for beneficiaries
iii. Provide assistance to market products of self employees

d) Administration and Human Resource related activities
iEmployee related records maintenance.
ii. Employee related activities such as training, promotion, transfers etc
iii. Administrative activities.
iv. Maintenance of fixed assets

In Essence

  • To establish an improved , effective , transparent and accountable ICT based solution in the SASL
  • To increase the productivity of activities relating to all parts of the SASL
  • Manage information of Samurdhi Beneficiaries
  • Undertake human resource activities
  • Better control over the financial activities

Online Revenue License Issuance

Online Revenue License Issuance

Revenue license online issuance eService is the first transactional eService launched leveraging the Lanka Gate infrastructure. This eService was launched in 30th December, 2009.

In Essence

This eService enables citizens who are having their vehicles registered in Western Province to apply for the Revenue License online.

According to government regulations, at the time of revenue license issuance, a vehicle needs to have a valid Insurance and a valid emission certificate (if applicable). When applying for the revenue license online, the eService allows citizens to selects the respective insurance company and the emission company. Therein the eService will check the citizen’s vehicle against the respective insurance and emission company databases and, upon confirmation of the validity, allows users to apply for renewal.

Citizens can pay for the license using credit cards, and they can print the receipt confirming the payment. The Provincial Department of motor Traffic – WP, will post the citizens original revenue license to citizens home.

ICTA in collaboration with other stakeholder organizations is the process of replicating the e-RL system in other Provinces. By now ICTA has rolled out the e-RL solution into 5 provinces in the country. (Western, Southern, North Western, Eastern and Sabaragamuwa)