VS Achuthanandan still the CM for Kerala State IT Mission

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Tvm: For Kerala State IT Mission (KSITM), the nodal agency for implementing IT across various Government Departments in the State, Shri V S Achuthanandan is still the Chief Minister of Kerala. Its one and a half months since the new UDF government came into power in Kerala and Shri Oommen Chandy became the CM but if you take a look at the KSITM Malayalam website, nothing seems to have changed.

In fact if you take a closer look, the site doesn’t seem to have been updated recently. The last entry in the ‘Tenders’ section is in August 2010 and in ‘News’ section, it’s in September. Overall, it looks like any other outdated government website. But the KSITM English website is a different story, with the last update on July 01, 2011.

The Minister for Industries and IT, Shri P K Kunhalikutty, had in his first interaction with the media said that the Kerala State IT Mission is now overstaffed. He had run the organisation successfully with bare minimum employees during his previous tenure as the IT Minister. Talking to Kerala IT News on Friday, on the sidelines of the function to launch the CM’s website, the Minister had said that the IT Mission needs to be restructured. The IT Mission had moved away from its mission mode of promoting the IT industry and taking IT to the people. It has become a headless organisation which was directionless.

The IT Mission hasn’t got a full time Director since October 2010. The Secretary, Environment Department, Government of Kerala holds the additional charge of Director, IT Mission. This comes at a time when KSITM has got this year’s Computer World Honours Program Laureate awards, instituted by the International Data Group (IDG), for two of its projects in the economic opportunity and health categories.

News Update:

An Official of KSITM today clarified that the Malayalam site was not getting updated for long because of inadequate support in translating the English technical terms to Malayalam. They have blocked the link from main website but the old contents are still there.

Anil Philip
Kerala IT News

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