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UP, Bihar toe Centre’s line, float own e-SamikSha portals

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ModiUttar Pradesh and Bihar have become the leading states to run their own e-SamikSha portals following Central government’s e-SamikSha run to monitor the progress of its big projects and schemes.

NIC’s Cabinet Secretariat Division has replicated the e-SamikSha portal for both the states which follow eight central ministries who have their internal e-SamikSha portals.

“The e-SamikSha has been rolled out in UP in order to improve communication and monitoring between Lucknow Secretariat and District Magistrates (DMs),” Alok Ranjan, UP chief secretary, said. Using e-Samiksha, 18 Divisional Commissioners and 75 DMs, across the state, have been linked to Ranjan’s office. On the other hand, Anjani Kumar Singh, Chief Secretary, Bihar said that Bihar has its e-SamikSha now for internal monitoring of Bihar’s projects.

e-SamikSha, which is Prime Minister  Modi’s pet idea, started in November 2014 for tracking of all high-priority projects through a real-time monitoring system by cabinet secretary and Prime Minister.

Both these top men send alerts on an online dashboard to Secretaries in ministries if projects are found unsatisfactory. All state chief secretaries are also on the central e-SamikSha for communication on projects between states and Centre, monitored as part of monthly PRAGATI meetings chaired by Prime Minister via video conferencing with state chief secretaries.

Bihar and UP are using e-SamikSha system for the state level monitoring. “The central e-SamikSha portal is useful…like if a state project is stuck due to environmental clearance, we can flag it on the central portal. On Bihar’s level too, its adoption is helping,” Anjani Kumar Singh said. UP’s Alok Ranjan said the state’s new portal was useful for two-level communication between the district heads and Lucknow.

However, unlike the central portal, the state portals of Bihar and UP are not monitored directly by the respective chief ministers. Ranjan said that UP’s e-SamikSha portal is being operated on a bureaucratic level, whereas Singh said that the Bihar Chief Minister is “informed” if a major policy issue is resolved through e-SamikSha that is monitored by him and the principal secretary. A Cabinet Secretariat official in Delhi appreciated the adoption of e-Samiksha quoting that it shows that a good governance idea is above politics.

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