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Gangtok, June 12: A workshop on the implementation of e-Office in the North Eastern States was convened via webinar under the Chairmanship of Dr Jitendra Singh, Minister of State (PP), DoNER, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, and Department of Atomic Energy and Department of Space, Government of India.

Chief Minister PS Tamang, IT Ministers and senior officers of all the North-East States participated in the workshop. The Government of Sikkim was represented by the Chief Minister, MP, Lok Sabha, MLA, Soreng, Chief Secretary, Secretary to CM, Secretary IT, Secretary DOP, SIO NIC and other officers of the State Government. The workshop was conducted duly focusing on the flagship programme of Digital India (e-Office) in all the North Eastern States that seems to have gained significant importance during the pandemic.

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The CM thanked Dr Singh for organizing this workshop exclusively for the North-East States. He presented the status of Information Technology in Sikkim along with the challenges faced by the state and proposed initiatives for improving the IT penetration in the region. He also highlighted some of the initiatives to be taken up by the State Government on priority, which are as follows:

1. Last-mile Internet connectivity up to GPU level and video conferencing system.

2. Upgradation of State Data Centre.

3. Training of Government officials and staff for rolling out E-Office.

4. Citizen Facilitation Centre up to Block level.

5. A surveillance system to be installed.

6. E-governance initiatives in all departments.

7. Creation of IT parks.

Further, the CM sought support from the Ministry to roll out various IT-based projects in Sikkim and also assured of submission of projects within a week.

Dr Jitendra Singh apprised that the State would see the light of an Independent Administrative Command and Control Centre, which had earlier been placed to the Ministry of Information Technology (IT). He directed Secretary, DoNER to pursue the matter with Secretary, IT immediately. He also reiterated the importance of Shillong Declaration and its contents propagating e- Office, paperless office and Quality Digital Citizen-Centric Services.

Thereon, a Joint Steering Committee under the Chairmanship of DoNER and representatives from Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, IT, NIC, NEC and concerned States shall be constituted to fast track various IT initiatives in the North East States. The deadline for setting up e-Offices across North-Eastern states is 2022. The success of IT will also facilitate the resurgence of the economy in the States.

Source: IPR, Government of Sikkim

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