Badal rolls out portal to boost infra development

  • HT Correspondent, None, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jul 02, 2015 23:58 IST

As part of the nationwide 'Digital India week, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday launched the state Portal ePMS (Electronic Projects Management System) to fast-track infrastructure development.

The novel project was kicked off to enhance efficiency, bring transparency, boost the investor confidence, revive the investment cycle, eliminate the human interaction and improve the communication between industries to government, state to Centre or vice-versa.

A chief minister's office spokesperson said Badal hailed the initiative taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to hasten the industrial growth in the country.

He hoped that the state portal would act as a catalyst to seek clearances from various central agencies expeditiously required for the timely implementation of the ongoing development projects and welfare schemes in the state thereby cutting down inordinate delay.

The unique project would automate the entire tracking of stalled investment project issues from submission to commission on time.

Giving details of the project, joint secretary cabinet secretariat VP Joy told the chief minister that the portal was developed and managed by the cabinet secretariat informatics division of National Informatics Centre (NIC) to fast-track infrastructure investment stalled projects, both in public and private sectors, involving investment between `100 crore and `1,000 crore.

This would include submission of a new project, editing/updating the projects, reviewing the projects, submission of details relating to bottlenecks. It also includes preparation of agenda that could be generated online and circulated with auto mailer to all nodal officers, secretary of the ministries or departments and invitees with their name, he said.

So, it was mandatory to update contact details in the master database by the administrator of the state portal. Similar to the agenda preparation, minutes of the meetings could be generated and circulated online just after the meeting if decision taken by the subgroup was being entered online to the system, he said.

System also provides various graphical analysis, reports and investment monitoring module. He urged the chief minister to arrange a capacity building program for all heads of departments and administrative secretaries to familiarise them with the modus operandi of the project and seek their inputs/ suggestions to make any further improvement in the existing portal.

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