External affairs ministry launches India’s first e-Office

e-Office launch

Marking the first virtual office by an Indian ministry, the Ministry of External Affairs has launched its e-Office.

Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh launched the e-Office on July 3 by appending her digital signature to a proposal submitted electronically seeking her approval for implementation of e-Office in the Ministry.

The e-Office is part of the mission mode project under the e-governance plan and is a move to make offices paperless and more efficient. The site for the ministry office was developed by NIC.

The administration division of the ministry began electronic processing of files soon after, and will gradually roll out in the other divisions in the ministry subsequently.

An e-Office marks the centralisation of office functions and processes through web applications. e-Office is expected to increase transparency at workplace, make an office paperless, and lower costs of office processes.