In a bid to combat corruption by making all departments paperless, Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das on Saturday launched a Work Account Management Information System (WAMIS) and distributed at least 3,000 tabs among engineers of six state departments to facilitate hassle-free paperless work.
“Corruption has been the greatest hurdle in Jharkhand’s development. Besides, the state always had an unstable government. Now, with a stable government and paperless departments, we will combat corruption and bring holistic development,” Das said, while addressing the launch of the WAMIS application in Ranchi.
He said that the use of Information Technology was instrumental in combatting corruption and ensuring good governance in the state.
“The state is endeavouring for a digital Jharkhand since IT bridges the gap between the public and the government,” he said.
The CM added that the government was planning to make the functioning of all departments online by the end of 2017, and all district offices paperless within the next two years
The six departments that got tabs on Saturday include forest, water resources and irrigation, building construction, and road construction.
By now, most of the departments in Jharkhand maintained files manually, which not only led to delay in works but also left loopholes in the system causing corruption.
Through the tablets, the officials would directly be connected with the WAMIS application and all the records and latest works would be available online for the departments and senior officials.
WAMIS was first used by the Odisha government in 2015 to lay special emphasis on the end to end monitoring of civil construction works undertaken by various government departments under the government of Odisha. The Odisha government made this application available to engineers on smartphones and other android devices.
However, the tablets distributed to engineers in Jharkhand had the application pre-loaded in them and were ready for use, sources said. Engineers can also upload pictures of work sites with the use of the application and also geo-tag them for more transparency, they added.