IT Mission ushers in VC training for SPARK


Tvm: The State-wide training for Government employees in Service and Payroll Administrative Repository for Kerala (SPARK) was launched on January 18, 2010 via Video Conferencing at the IT@School studio in Trivandrum.

SPARK is a project of the Kerala State IT Mission (KSITM) for the Treasury Department of the Government of Kerala. It is a web-based integrated personnel and payroll management system covering all employees of the Government of Kerala. SPARK is an essential pre-requisite to modernise the Treasury and to facilitate salary payments through ATM facility.

Dr. Ajay Kumar IAS, Principal Secretary (IT) implored the district level officers to act as change agents in this first-of-its kind historic initiative. He said SPARK would cover 5.5 lakh Government employees all over the State. Though preparation of salary bills is being initially implemented, SPARK is actually an integrated personnel management system. It shall be possible, with SPARK, to quickly check earned leave/seniority status etc. The other modules will be implemented one by one, including salary of self-drawing officers.

Dr. P Prabakaran IAS, Additional Chief Secretary (Finance) said that Kerala has pioneered the implementation of an integrated payroll management system in India. This forward looking exercise was being implemented as per the recommendations of the Administrative Reforms Committee. He also called on all officers at the district level to ensure that the message was adequately percolated to the lower levels.

Mr. E K Prakash, Director, Treasury said SPARK would usher in better living styles of the Government of Kerala and provide employee satisfaction. To ensure the speedy clearing of any doubts, 15 liaison officers and one Nodal Officer has been appointed. The feedback generated from the training programme will be used for making any needed changes, both at the software and legal level, he added.

Mr. Anwar Sadath, Executive Director, IT@School and Dr. Rathan Kelkar IAS, Director, KSITM were also present on the occasion, which was witnessed live by officers in all 14 districts of Kerala.

Anil Philip
Kerala IT News


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