Pema Khandu (right) launches e-governance project in Itanagar on Wednesday. Telegraph picture
Guwahati, Sept. 21: Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu today launched Go Live e-governance project of the Itanagar Municipal Council, making the urban local body digitalised and offer its services online.
Sanctioned in 2012 under the erstwhile Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), the project for the council is being implemented by the department of urban development and executed by Hyderabad-based IT company M/s NavayugaInfotech Ltd in consortium with Telearc Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
"It is a dream come true for me," Khandu said after the launch of the project which was initiated by him during his stint as the urban development minister in 2012.
Congratulating the council for being the first local body to go digital, Khandu iterated his commitment to implement e-governance at every level of government machinery that will boost transparency and check corruption.
Soon after taking over as chief minister on July 17, Khandu had made IT a priority area of his government. Incidentally, Khandu had signed the first paperless file of the IT department on August 16, setting off the digitalisation process of governance in the state.
"Gone are the days of hard files, which can be easily tampered with and altered while processing. Digital files will revolutionise governance once we have paper-less offices," Khandu said.
He recollected his last meeting of at least 40 minutes with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, wherein, he said, digitalisation of governance was a major component of discussion.
Minister for urban development Nabam Rebia, who was the guest of honour on the occasion, drew the attention of Khandu on the gap-funding required for fully commissioning the e-governance project under Mission City Itanagar programme for the council. He said the state government needs to put in its own resources to complete the project so that all the benefits as envisaged could be made available to the citizens.
Under JNNURM, introduction of e-governance in municipalities was envisaged to facilitate enhanced service delivery mechanism, achieve better transparency and accountability among involved stakeholders and drive better service levels to the end beneficiaries. However, the JNNURM was discontinued in August, 2015 because of which instalment of central funds was stopped and the Mission City Itanagar project could not be completed.
Rebia said all state-centric projects being implemented by the urban development (besides e-governance) like the inter-state bus terminal, parking lot, convention hall, MLA apartments, among others, which remain incomplete owing to delinking of several central schemes, need to be completed from the state's own resources.
In response, Khandu said he has chalked out a meeting of the cabinet sub-committee during which these issues will be discussed and assured that all unfinished projects under the urban development department will be completed by the state government, including the gap-funding of Mission City Itanagar.
Once the e-governance system of the municipal council is fully commissioned, citizens can avail services of all the modules that include filing of on-line applications for key services (issuance of birth/ death certificates or trade licenses, among others). The council will benefit in the form of maintenance of digitised records and tracking of property tax defaulters, promotion of online transactions to generate more revenues and a sound and comprehensive maintenance of information of the beneficiaries to avoid duplicity.
At the moment, the launched Go Live project will offer two modules through which citizens can avail e-services for online registration of birth as well as death.