Union minister of state for communication and information technology Sachin Pilot, along with chief minister Omar Abdullah, on Friday listed a series of new technological measures to be implemented in the state for enhancement of e-governance and e-learning.
The chief minister and the union minister of state were addressing people after launching the National Common Service Centers (CSCs) Outreach Programme from Ganderbal.
A government spokesman quoted Omar saying that CSCs, known as Khidmat centres in the state, would get strengthened by this programme aimed at delivering public services like ration card, state subject, death and birth certificates, driving licenses, revenue papers and similar other services to people.
He said the implementation of the Public Service Guarantee Act, guaranteeing time-bound public service delivery to people, would be further strengthened by the application of information technology and making e-governance rule the roost in government departments.
The chief minister expressed gratitude to the centre for extending help to the state in strengthening IT Sector and expressed hope that the data centre being established in the state jointly by the state and central governments will be launched soon.
The chief minister said the information technology was being utilised in the health sector to strengthen it and develop linkage of the state health institutions with the reputed institutions across the country and abroad. He said teleconferences on medicine and remote surgery utilising IT methods had been introduced in the state. He said, "We have to move fast in the sector to upgrade it and utilise IT initiatives to keep pace with other states and obtain maximum benefits of the modern technology".
The spokesman quoted the union minister for communication and IT Sachin Pilot that common service centres were a crucial part of national e-governance project, which is a measure initiative for improving the quality of basic governance concerning the common man.
Pilot informed that one lakh CSCs across the country were providing various government services to the people which including birth, death, domicile, caste, income certificates, MGNREGA payments, computer courses, financial services, online railway and airline ticket booking, etc.
He said the flagging of the exhibition van of National Outreach Programme at Ganderbal on Friday rolled out the Phase-I of the prestigious programme in 11 states across the country and the campaign would cover 115 khidmat centers (CSCs) in five districts of Jammu and Kashmir. "We are committed to fully supporting e-Governance initiatives of the state government and Rs 40 crore had been sanctioned for CSC project in the state.
The minister announced that an extension centre of the National Institute of Electronics and IT would shortly be opened in Leh. It would have the capacity to train 50 students at a time. This will provide employment opportunities to youth of this area. Sachin Pilot also announced Rs 7 crore for computerisation of all colleges associated with the Kashmir University's computerisation project.
He said 16 educational institutions had been identified for connection to the National Knowledge Network for shared learning and high quality collaborative research and e-learning. He said of these, 10 had already been connected and the rest were in the process of connection.
He said government Medical college, Srinagar Central University of Kashmir and Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology would be integrated into NKN by November end, where as Central University at Jammu, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology for Kashmir, and Defense Institute of High Altitude Research at Leh would be connected by December.