Terming e-governance as a key tool in bringing transparency in the mechanism, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said that IT-based initiatives will help ensuring speedy delivery of services. “This will also give considerable fillip to ensure prompt delivery of public services,” Omar said while speaking about importance of information technology in strengthening e-governance.
He was addressing a function near Shrinagar after jointly launching the National Common Service Centres (CSCs) Outreach Programme with Union Minister Sachin Pilot. Omar said initiatives like e-tendering and e-procurement in various departments have upgraded the quality of service and brought more transparency in functioning. He said CSCs, known as Khidmat centres in the state, will get strengthened by this programme and help providing services like ration card, state subject, death and birth certificates, driving licenses and revenue papers in a hassle-free manner. The Chief Minister asserted that the IT initiatives will also help in effective execution of the Public Service Guarantee Act which aims at providing services in a time-bound manner.
Pilot said Rs 40 crore has been sanctioned for Common Service Centre (CSC) project in Jammu and Kashmir to support the state government in its e-Governance initiative. “We are committed to fully support e-Governance initiatives of Jammu and Kashmir government and Rs 40 crore has been sanctioned for CSC project in the state,” Pilot said after the launch of CSCs outreach programme from Ganderbal, near Shrinagar.