The Maharashtra government is shifting to an electronic office format. This week saw the first inter-department transfer of paperless files. The state government has set a target of January 1, 2013 for all departments to shift to the electronic platform.
The process of shifting to a digital workstation with modules for e-files, e-tour, knowledge management systems, acts, policies, government resolutions and project management systems was begun after the fire that devastated Mantralaya in June. The IT department, chief minister’s secretariat and chief secretary’s office already access paperless files. Early this week, using the e-office digital work station, the minutes of the annual general body meeting of the committee regarding Setu centres in the state were electronically transferred to chief secretary, JK Banthia.
The transfer “has done away with the need for intermediaries like clerks and problems like files not being found,” according to an official who spoke to DNA.
“Physical files will be phased out and files will be electronic,” said state information technology secretary, Rajesh Aggarwal. IT department officials said the deadline of January 1, 2013 can be achieved “to a large extent.”
The National Rural Health Mission’s office was the first in Maharashtra to shift to NIC’s e-office platform. The Governor’s office too has moved to NIC’s platform. District and tehsil level offices will be taken up next. The government is in the process of identifying a couple of directorates in Pune who will work towards transitioning the Sindhudurg district collectorate and zilla parishad and the Nandurbar district collectorate.