The Punjab government claims to have become the first state in the country to attain e-sarkar status, covering all 47 departments and its 143 branches with the integrated workflow and document management system (IWDMS) to process common tasks online.
Twenty-two treasuries and 74 sub-treasuries across the state have been connected with the integrated financial management system (IFMS) to distribute and sanction budget online.
Under the IWDMS, a dedicated web centre of automated department-specific applications (DSAs) with internal requirements have been created in the Punjab civil secretariat and the mini secretariat here, particularly focusing on various reports which are currently being collected from the field offices manually.
Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who also holds the governance reforms portfolio, said this government-to-government service delivery system would ensure the availability of administrative services through e-sarkar and automation of file processing.
He added that a three-tier governing mechanism had been institutionalised by Punjab Infotech for effective implementation and review of this project.
He said e-sarkar would also provide for an online repository of various circulars, acts, gazette notifications and reports.
He adds that e-sarkar had automated various common tasks in the secretariat functioning such as Right To Information (RTI), legislative assembly questions, court cases, appointment scheduler, visitor pass management system (VPMS) and various employee services, including leave and salary.