Himachal Pradesh (HP) has been declared as the second best state in the country in e-governance, after Delhi. This premier award in the area of e-governance will be given to the state for providing the best IT related initiatives and providing efficient, transparent, cost effective and speedy government to government, government to citizen, government to business services. Speaker of Lok Sabha Somnath Chatterjee will give away the award during the 10th International Summit and Expo Power – 2008 to be held on November 8, in Mumbai. An assessment in this regard has been done by India Tech Foundation, Mumbai, on application of information technology (IT) and its use in government institutions.
Himachal Pradesh is the first state to launch state-wide area network in the entire country and added that a network operation centre has been set up to provide unified placement of data for the entire state at one place. All the 69 employment exchanges/sub employment exchanges in the state have been computerised. A web based job portal for all stakeholders ie employers, job seekers and the employment department has been started in the state. The state has taken a lead in the country in undertaking computerisation of 40 police stations under Common Integrated Police Application (CIPA) programme.
The touch screen kiosks have been set up at various places in the state to provide common interface for various activities and all the 68000 employees working in the state would be trained in computerisation and IT related services. And the state government is making amendments in R&P (Recruitment and Promotion) rules in most departments to make IT literacy compulsory for promotion, confirmation and recruitment.