Kerala MLAs get lessons in e-Governance

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Trivandrum: The members of the Kerala Legislative Assembly were introduced to the nuances of e-governance at a special leadership programme organised by the Kerala State IT Mission, for the MLAs at the Niyamasabha in Thiruvananthapuram. Speaker G Karthikeyan presided over the function.

Inaugurating the e-Governance Leadership Programme for Members of the Assembly, Chief Minister Shri Oommen Chandy said the primary objective of the programme is to provide an orientation to the MLAs and to discuss challenges in speeding up the delivery of e-services in the State. Kerala considers e-Governance as the key vehicle for delivering Government services in a transparent and efficient manner.

The CM added that as part of extending the e-services to the citizens, the government is planning to set up an online tracking mechanism to track the applications given by people with all its departments. They can check the status of their petitions given at various government officers through Akshaya Centres. With this the people need not come to Trivandrum to know the status of their petitions.

In his address, Minister for IT & Industries, Shri P K Kunhalikutty said that e-governance would aid transparency and elimination of corruption. Kerala is always at the forefront in the setting up of necessary infrastructure and innovative ideas for implementing e-Governance. “We are the first to set up a Data Centre exclusively for e-Governance and our second Data Centre is functioning in the Technopark, Trivandrum. We have already established connectivity up to the block levels and around 3000 offices have been interconnected through the Kerala State Wide Area Network project (KSWAN).”

By Anil Philip
Kerala IT News

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