Web Tool to Take Sweat out of Plan Scheme Monitoring
By Saritha S Balan | Published: 27th October 2014 06:02 AM |
Planspace will convert the reports regarding plan schemes in a format ready to be discussed in the District Planning Councils, speeding up the entire process of planning and implementation
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The planning and development process at the district level is all set to become less cumbersome for stakeholders with the State Planning Board rolling out the web-based monitoring and evaluation tool Planspace in all districts.
Developed by the State Planning Board (SPB), more than six years ago, in technical collaboration with Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management-Kerala (IIITM-K), Planspace is a web-based integrated information system, which helps to monitor and evaluate the implementation progress of all plan schemes by various departments and agencies in the state.
With the introduction of the software, expectedly by December this year, the monitoring of formulation and implementation of plan schemes by districts would become easier. The tool would also help bring in transparency and efficiency.
Planspace would store the details of the development projects to be carried out by the districts. The projects could be reviewed based on the reports generated by the software.
“Planspace will convert the reports in a format ready to be discussed in the District Planning Councils, which are constitutional bodies. This would speed up the entire process of planning and implementation,” said Kamalasanan Nair P V, who heads the planning coordination division of the SPB told ‘Express’. The training sessions have been planned in such a way as to launch the system before the end of this year in all districts.
Planspace has been included in the Mission 676, an action plan prepared by the government to implement schemes of various departments in a timebound manner.
“A team from the Planning Commission, Madhya Pradesh during their recent visit to Kerala were impressed by the software after we did a presentation. They said they would also think of introducing such a system,” Kamalasanan Nair said.
Planspace will facilitate the capture of relevant details about a plan scheme or project, its various components, physical and financial progress, implementation status on different intervals and generate dynamic, customised reports for various stakeholders.
Though the software had several glitches during the pilotlevel implementation in 2007- 2008, these issues have been sorted out.
The second version of Planspace released in May this year is a user-friendly one.
This year the submission of plan proposals by various departments had shifted to online through Planspace for the first time.