In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of a ‘digital India’, the Ministry of Coal under Cabinet Minister Piyush Goyal will completely shift over to e-office from November 1, a move that will speed up decision making and ensure transparency. Another ministry under Goyal–the Ministry of Power is also in the process to become a digital workplace.
For timely disposal of papers and transparency, coal ministry to go totally digital by 1st November 2016. All files and papers to move in digital by November 1,” Union Secretary, Ministry of Coal, Anil Swarup tweeted on Tuesday.
E-office is a digital workplace solution designed and developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) to ensure accountability and transparency.
The e-office involves creation of an online version of files, which are signed with digital signature and moved to next officer online itself. Officials added the move will ensure speedy clearances while tracking which file is pending at whose end.
Also for instance, Coal Ministry dealing with its central PSU, Coal India Ltd –that is spread out across the country, will now take up things on the e-platform rather than exchange of papers through post or otherwise.
While the entire process will reduce considerable time taken in according clearances and exchanging information with offices and departments in various parts of the country, the move will also ensure security of data being exchanged. Besides, the e-office concept will clear up the racks where age old files are stacked. This will also put an end to the present unproductive procedures and practices.
The move with also bring in citizen participation in line with the inclusive governance in the country.
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