Traditionally being known all around for agriculture, Haryana is today acquiring a new identity of being an IT hub and fast showing the way to others in implementing Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government’s favourite programme Digital India, writes Priya Yadav of Elets News Network (ENN)
To integrate the use of IT in public life and governance itself, the State e-Mission Team is playing a vital role. The e-mission team is playing an advisory role while ensuring that there is no duplication of efforts in multitude of departments while implementing IT goals in Haryana government, according to Munish Chandan, Head of State e-governance Mission Team (SeMT) in Haryana. The department of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of Haryana, has mandated the involvement of State e-Mission Team in the core tasks pertaining to conceptualisation of e-governance initiatives, business process re-engineering, preparation of DPRs, bid Process Management, Programme Management, Technology Management and Change Management.
The SeMT team is working towards undertaking the ground work in providing an overall direction, standardisation and consistency through programme management across the state in implementation of IT/e-governance projects. Their support is taken for undertaking strategic planning, providing project consultancy, providing project implementation and post implementation support, facilitating setting up of project e-governance mission teams.
“One of the critical areas of SeMT is working on Mission Mode Projects like SDC, SWAN, SSDG, SRDH, CSC etc,” he said, adding that the state is focusing towards the de duplication of efforts and strengthening the infrastructure with regard to improving the cloud computing of the Data Centre and horizontal and vertical connectivity.
He further elaborated that once the Core infra structure is strengthened, the service delivery to the common citizens would be much easier and there shall be a considerable reduction in footfall.
“There are a multitude of new initiatives under Digital India services that we are playing a critical role in like the most recent and successful is the integration of DigiLocker in departmental services. Haryana is the first state in the country to implement the PULL mechanism for accessing documents in DigiLocker for 16 certificate based services,” said Chandan.
Every citizen gets 1 GB of cloud space just on the basis of the Aadhaar number where the citizen can keep all important documents like Driving License, Marksheets, certificates, etc pertinent to the individual, he said.
There are a multitude of new initiatives under Digital India services where we are playing a critical role in like the most recent and successful is the integration of DigiLocker in departmental services
Currently the state has made available SC/ST/ OBC/ Certificate, Residence Certificate, Rural Area Certificate, Income Certificate (for Education Purpose), Income Certificate for Other Purpose, Birth Certificate, Death Certificate etc on DigiLocker.
“This is an effort towards the initiative of having a paperless environment and facilitates the citizen in having the documents in one place that need not to be downloaded and print outs taken to be appended with applications when required,” said Chandan.
Haryana presently has 83,500 people registered for using the facility of DigiLocker where as Maharashtra leads with 1.6 lakh users, the highest in the country.
On the lines of the corporate sector where citizen feedback is feverishly sought and acted upon, the Government of Haryana is working on Rapid Assessment System (RAS) which allows the users of all government services to give their feedback.
Chandan said the aim is “to maintain a healthy communication with the user, get his feedback and work upon it for better service delivery”.
The Government is also working on GIS mapping in coordination with National Centre of Geo Informatics and SeMT is playing a critical role in this field. Further, we are working on many other initiatives like eSign, PMIS, etc. The Government is also spreading public awareness on e-initiatives through various modes.
“In June, the Government of Haryana launched Digital India Outreach Campaign which was flagged off by the Haryana Chief Minister Sh. Manohar Lal Khattar from Panchkula,” said Chandan. “The campaign aims to create awareness about the Digital India programme and its major initiatives through various Point of Presence (PoP) like DeGS, CSCs, Panchayats, Schools, Colleges, Haats etc and increase uptake of citizen centric services.”
It displays Government services like digital services by Community Service Centres, Post Offices, State Governments, Digital India Services – Aadhaar, DBTL, MyGov, Digital Locker, Digital Literacy, National Scholarship Portal, e Hospital, initiatives of BSNL, etc.
For this, two special vans will cover approximately 840 locations in the state to spread awareness about Digital India.
Also, thousands of people are learning about the initiatives through the activities of the van that sees Pre buzz- to mobilise the people for campaign, Communicator explains the objectives of the campaign and its benefits, invites audience to see the launch of Digital India video.
Also, a Skit is conducted by Nukkad Natak team, the audience engaged with audio visual content, quiz sessions are conducted and gifts, pamphlets distributed even as government officials share information on respective services.
It looks the SeMT is resolute to achieve the vision of the State and set new benchmarks in Haryana. It wouldn’t be exaggeration to observe that the IT & e Governance initiatives of Haryana government are setting a precedent for other States to emulate.