Lanka Government Network (LGN): Connecting 3,300 State Institutions in 3 years!

As a first step to move towards Digital Economy, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe launched the "Lanka Government Network" recently in Colombo. 

Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe said that from next year, digital technology will be used for the administration purposes of the country and with in three years it will be a fully intergrated system throughout the country.

Known as LGN 2.0 in short form and powered by SLT, Lanka Government Network will be a reality with collabaration of Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA). It will be a remarkable step connecting citizens with government establishments to obtain cervices.

In the first stage, LGN project plans to network 860 government institutions. Accordingly 331 Divisional Secretariat Divisions, 25 District Secretariats, 50 ministries, 87 Departments, 48 hospitals and 321 other state establishments will be networked. 

From 2011, there were several attemps to build up an intergrated government networking sysytem, initially with South Korean Government funds, which was not suceeded.  

Among other things, 2018 SL Budget, which was presented to the parliament yesterday also proposed to promote digital technology as one of its premier goals. A seperate Cyber Crime Unit in Police Department is to be established in par with other technical developments.

Developed countries like USA and Great Britain use fully intergrated government networking systems for decades now. However it must be noted that cyber security even in Cloud Based Systems like LGN is also has to be improved parerrally, as with hacking and other cyber attacks, there may be unavoidable system breakdowns nationwide at least for short periods, as we already witnessed most recently with Ransomware cyber attacks worldwide.  

- Amali Jayaweera

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