Efforts On to Make Kerala a Fully Digital State, Says CM
By Express News Service | Published: 31st January 2014 08:16 AM |
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Thursday said the state is making all efforts to become 100 per cent digital state in the near future.
The state implemented many prestigious initiatives in the past like e-district, e-tendering, Aadhaar enrolment etc and most of the departments have already embraced e-governance in one form or the other to achieve this ambitious target, he said while inaugurating the 17th National Conference on e-Governance here.
He added that the government is moving ahead with the implementation of e-office in order to bring in more administrative effectiveness and transparency.
“The state government is committed to ensure that the benefits of various strategic initiatives of the governments such as the Right to Information Act, direct beneficiary transfer of scholarships and subsidies, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, Right to Service Act etc reach the right beneficiaries on time in a hassle-free manner. Akshaya Centres play a pivotal role in disseminating various government services and schemes to the needy,” the Chief Minister said.
He said Kerala was one of the first states to implement the online RTI facilities for the public under e-district project. While delivering his presidential address, Kerala IT Minister P K Kunhalikutty said the focus of the state government with respect to IT is multifold and is not confined to e-governance. “The government will launch e-office on a pilot basis in the Finance Department at Secretariat. e-Office is envisaged to improve administrative efficiency and transparency. “The government is committed to implement e-office in all other departments and across the state, thereby making Kerala a truly digital state,” he said.
Nasscom president R Chandrashekar said though the IT industry in the country is over $1 billion in size, it have not been able to make any significant impact on healthcare, education, governance and financial inclusion. “This may be because the large IT companies have not looked at the domestic market well. The trend is now changing which is a positive sign,” he said.