Bhopal:Wednesday, March 10 : Use of computer definitely leads to capacity improvement. Officers and employees should have knowledge of computer for e-governance in Madhya Pradesh. These views were expressed by Secretary Information Technology Shri Anurag Jain while addressing a seminar on the topic ‘e-governance and computerisation – achievements and possibilities’ at RCVP Noronha Academy of Administration here today. Secretary Higher Education Shri Ashish Upadhyaya, Director General of Academy of Administration Dr. Sandeep Khanna, Director Shri MK Varshney, trainee officers of Revenue, Animal Husbandry and Agriculture departments were also present at the seminar.
Shri Jain informed that cooperation is being received from all quarters for establishment of e-governance in Madhya Pradesh. The Madhya Pradesh government has for the first time formulated its own IT Policy in 1999. Every department in the state is taking initiative at its own level for ensuring e-governance. First of all, cyber treasury was developed in Madhya Pradesh. Farmers are being provided necessary information through Agriculture Net. Registration of vehicles has been simplified after computerisation of Transport Department and information about vehicles can be obtained with the click of a button now. In the country’s history, Madhya Pradesh has been bestowed with three golden and one silver icon awards for e-governance at a function held at Jaipur recently. The state is saving Rs 30 crore annually through videoconferencing facility. Shri Jain threw light on various networks in detail. He said that through SWAN network, villages are being connected with development blocks, tehsils and capital Bhopal. For this purpose, a common service centre is being set up in every village. People in the urban areas are provided information through MP Online. So far, 12 departments have been connected to the call centre in Madhya Pradesh whose phone number is 155343 and gradually, all the departments will be connected with it.
Addressing the seminar, Secretary Higher Education Shri Ashish Upadhyaya informed that during the last 20 years ample efforts have been undertaken for computerisation in Madhya Pradesh. The work of providing copies of Khasras though computer was started in 1985 in Morena as a pilot project.
At the outset, Academy director general Dr. Sandeep Khanna welcomed the guests. He exhorted the trainee officers to take personal interest in becoming well-versed with computer applications. He said that there will be no alternative to computer in the years to come. Shri Vishram Sharma of Academy of Administration threw light in detail on the computer training facilities available at the Academy. He informed that computer training had been started in the Academy in 1987 and so far, 80 thousand officers and employees have been trained. The Academy has four computer labs for training purpose. Besides, SATCOM and EDUSAT are also imparting computer training. A vote of thanks was proposed by Academy’s director Shri MK Varshney.