Taking e-Governance to Masses

By: May 30th, 2015 12:25 am

Y.S. Rana

Taking e-Governance to MassesHimachal Pradesh has made rapid strides in e-Governance with an objective to cut down paper work in offices besides checking corruption. NIC units were set up in 2002 in all districts including tribal districts of Kinnaur and Lahaul and Spiti. Now units have become total solution providers of the Government of Himachal Pradesh and are actively involved in most of the IT applications that changed the mindset of working community. On one hand districts of Bilaspur and Mandi are taking ICT to the masses, on the other Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh is emerging ICT-enabled district. In 2002 the government of Himachal Pradesh took a momentous step to harness the benefits of technology to change the traditional mode of functioning and service delivery. With the active support of NIC the government has set up e-Governance Centre within the premises of the Collectorate at Dharamshala. The Centre was first-of-its-kind in the state has administered hi-tech doses to a number of government departments.

The official website of Kangra district has been designed and developed by NIC Kangra district unit. NIC district unit is connected with NIC-state headquarters through STM-1 with one GB leased line to provide smooth connectivity to various departments. The project has been implemented in district Collectorate; revenue department; district rural development agency; food and civil supply department; election department; police department; district website; treasury department; social welfare department; cooperative department; RLA and RTO office; agriculture and video conferencing. “The initiative has made a win-win situation both for the government and the people. While the former nets more revenue, the latter get the work done in no time, and that too, without any hassles,” said an official of Registering and Licensing Authority, Kangra. He further revealed that ‘Sarathi” the software was used to issue learner’s license; driving license; conductor license and was running successfully in eight RLAs; one RTO in the district and added that the objective was to make things convenient and faster for the people by eradicating the non-value adding processes that acted as speed-breakers on the service. Till March, 2014 HIMSWAN connectivity has been provided to 1428 government offices in the State. About 20 reports can be generated in revenue court at once which takes more than six months for the same work earlier.

While ‘Lokpraman Patra’ is used for issuance of 14 types of certificates under single window, facility of online verification certificates is also available. HPOTIS has been set up in the treasury and all the 14 sub-treasuries across the district, told the district informatics officer. All type of Deeds are registered through HimRis system in all tehsils/sub-tehsils of the district. Kangra district has eight sub-divisions; 27 tehsils/sub-tehsils; four municipal committees; five Notified Area Committees; 15 development Blocks and 3906 census villages.

The Deputy Commissioner, Kangra, C Paul Rasu when contacted said that Kangra was the first district in Himachal to set up e-Governance Centre and its success resulted in replicating the model in other districts of the State. He has all praise for NIC initiative and hoped it would keep up the good work and continue to provide us with technical expertise, innovative ideas for plan of action for implementation of ICT tools for greater benefit of the people. “Systems such as these, along with integrated service delivery, offices that support multiple services along with technology-driven transactional abilities are clear signs of smarter government,” he added.

Different section of people admitted that e-Governance has indeed revolutionized the lives of common people wherever it has been implemented in the State. Serpentine queues are vanishing from government departments in the district as people rarely visit the offices and there are other districts too. Improved process flows introduced in the district that are customer-centric and help minimize human intervention, are required to fill the gaps and ensure timelines and effectiveness of service and delivery channels, says an advocate of Dharamshala. The official of the IT department revealed that the three components viz. HimBhoomi, Himris and E-Praman has been successfully implemented in all the districts of the state.

Under HimBhoomi 127124 nakals were issued, 64327 number of mutations attested in the field, 68473 mutations were entered, 78233 mutations are pending, 4820 villages for which next Jamabandi generated and 1520 villages for which Khasra Girdawari printed. Under Himris 36494 registrations were made and under E-Praman 328796 various certificates were issued and the total revenue generated under three components was Rs. 94,09,054.

* Kangra was the first district in Himachal to set up e-Governance Centre and its success resulted in replicating the model in other districts of the state

-C Paul RasuDeputy Commissioner, Kangra


The state’s ups and downs this week

HP to set up Skill Development Corporation

Shimla: The state cabinet in its meeting decided to set up a ‘Skill development Corporation’ which will be named as ‘Himachal Pradesh Kaushal Vikas Nigam’ in order to provide training to the unemployed youth for gainful employment both within and outside the state, as announced by Chief Minister in his budget speech. The Chief Minister will be the Chairman of the Nigam while Minister for Technical Education, Minister for Rural Development, Minister for Labour and Employment and Minister for Education will be included as its members. The step has been taken to encourage public-private interface for providing skill to the youth on a large scale. Approval was also accorded in the meeting to issue draft guidelines for 25% admission of children belonging to weaker section of society and disadvantage group in private unaided schools in Himachal Pradesh in accordance with the provisions of Right to Education Act 2009. It was also decided that in Middle Schools the number of children should be 40 for this purpose.

Losses due to Bad Weather May Exceed Estimates

Shimla: The losses due to unseasonal rain and hailstorms between November 15, 2014, and March 31, 2015, pegged at Rs 277.19 crore may exceed the original estimates. The nine-member Central team, which visited the affected area to assess the losses, has asked the state government to revise the memorandum of losses as per the changed norms pertaining to crop damage, which has been reduced from 50% to 33% while the compensation for accidental death has been increased from Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 4 lakh. The team has also sought data pertaining to area under crops, production and yield of horticulture and agriculture crops, monthly rainfall for the last three years, the last Census of small and medium farmers. The team was split into two parts to assess the losses and the first team, headed by Rani Kumudini (Joint Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture) and comprising four other members, visited Kangra, Kullu and Mandi. The second team, headed by Narender Kumar (director crop division DWD, Ghaziabad) visited sites in Solan and Sirmaur districts.

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