The e-Office envisages transforming conventional Government Offices into more efficient and transparent e-Offices, eliminating huge amounts of paper work. Indeed it is a much needed step that would revolutionize the working of government offices, must different from the old hackneyed style.
Government of Punjab has computerized all the branches of Deputy Commissioners and the offices of Divisional Commissioners. For Computerization of these offices; National Informatics Centre (NIC) Punjab has been given responsibility of implementation of the e-Office (Electronic Office) software. The coming up of e-office would do away with need of huge files and paper work. In a way, it would be eco friendly measure and in keeping with environmental protection trends too. It would be a game changer for the people of Punjab as it would bring most needed transparency and efficiency in the delivery of services.
Field Offices Revamped
The NIC Punjab has already completed the assessment of computing infrastructure of various field offices of the State and has submitted the techno-commercial proposal of Rs.41.70 crores. The e-Office product pioneered by National Informatics Centre (NIC) aims to support governance by using in more effective and transparent inter and intra Government Processes. It would facilitate ease of doing office work and would be a people friendly measure.
Mansa chosen as pilot district
The Mansa district has been selected as a Pilot district for the implementation of e-Office project. The pilot projects in Mansa district shall be completed by October, 2014. After the successful completion of the pilot project, the project shall be rolled out in the remaining districts across State of Punjab.
Focus on Back Office computerization
With a view to provide faster, transparent and efficient services to Citizens, it is suggested that all departments must focus on computerization of their back office workflows in next 3 to 5 years. To facilitate this, e-District state wide roll out project should be implemented in a time bound manner for 47 services planned in its scope. For remaining services, state funding may be provided to achieve the goal of end to end electronic service delivery.
To achieve integrated delivery mechanism for back-end automation, Punjab Government has proposed to identify all G2C services being delivered across the state by various departments using various models of backend work flow. So it has proposed to create one master service matrix so that a strategic plan can be made to further automate and integrate backend workflow of all these services in a phased and planned manner. The government has suggested computerizing the back-end work flow of service in a seamless manner to make all these services inter-operable so that these can be accessed through various channels.
Agriculture dept adopts e-governance
Department of Agriculture, Punjab has initiated to introduce e-Governance by leveraging ICT to provide agriculture related information or data and to improve upon its functioning in order to bring efficiency, transparency and accountability. Interestingly, the agriculture is the mainstay of majority of people in Punjab and its computerization and introduction of e-governance in agriculture department would be a boon for the farmers.