Bhubaneswar: Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra Thursday launched e-Office for Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC), Odisha Hydro Power Corporation (OHPC), and Shree Jagannath Sanskrit University (SJSU).
Launching the systems, Mahapatra said, “e-Office system makes governance present and future ready. OSWAS and e-office are excellent examples of IT applications in governance. It has made the conduct of government business more quick, accurate, and responsive. Carrying bundles of files on the verandah of the offices, pending files for months together, missing files, and making mischief with files are now stories of the past”.
Mahapatra added that office automation also helped people in a number of ways. Running to government offices for various G2C and G2B services was reduced to a visible extent.
Now people could apply for services from their homes, Mo Seba Kendras, and citizen service centers. They could track observations and queries about their applications online, and could also comply with them on the same platform.
This also enabled the rollout of online delivery of public services ranging from tax payment to availing of miscellaneous certificates, mutation against sale deeds of land, payment of land premium, Government fees, etc.
Government offices also delivered certificates, clearances, receipts against deposits, etc online to the citizens and business enterprises.
The Chief Secretary also directed CMGI and NIC to “work out a definite time frame for application of e-office in all the offices that are not included in OSWAS network.
Speaking on the occasion, Development Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Jena said, “CMGI has progressed a lot in the implementation of e-Office in more than 836 Government offices. e-Office is an integrated suit addressing all issues of handling Government files from initiation to approval and communication of results/orders. It makes Government servants more responsible and accountable in the disposal of files”.
Outlining the e-office system, Principal Secretary General Administration and Public Grievance Surendra Kumar said “Government of Odisha is a forerunner at the national level in the use of digital technology for file processing through successful implementation of OSWAS”.
As the digitization of all files for bringing all offices into the OSWAS fold would take a long time, the State Government decided to implement e-Office in joint collaboration between NIC and CMGI.
He added the objective was set to implement e-office in all autonomous bodies, public sector undertakings, and Universities. The system is user-friendly and accessible through a standard internet browser. Its implementation started under the 5-T framework of the Odisha Government.
Executive Director CMGI Satya Priya Rath appraised, “Efforts are on to implement e-office in 100 more offices shortly”. He added that the acceptance and functioning of e-Offices in the Government departments and corporations were quite encouraging.”
Principal Secretary and Chairman OHPC Bishnupada Sethi, Vice Chancellor Jagannath Sanskrit University Prof Rabindra Kumar Panda, Commissioner Cuttack Municipal Corporation Nikhil Pavan Kalyan, Deputy Director General of NIC Odisha Kabita Roy Das, Additional Secretary Debabrata Mallik, Project Coordinator CMGI Pinaki Mohanty along with senior officers from concerned departments participated in the launching ceremony.