'e-governance to do away with corruption ridden system'
19 February 2008
The Daily Excelsior
JAMMU: Any further delay in the adoption of e-governance by the State Government may cause 'irrecoverable damage' to the development and welfare activities in the State. This was stated by Chairman and Managing Director, Zee Ten Cybernetics (ZTC), S Kaul in a press conference here today. 'At a time when monster of corruption has spread its tentacles in almost every government scetor, e- governance is the only remedy for bringing in transparency, accountability and efficiency in the functioning of government sector' said Kaul. Although J&K conceptualised e-governance in 2002-03 and implemented in some departments also yet, Kaul said, the State is far behind as compared to states like Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and 'e-governance can not be implemented within a year or two as needs integrated efforts for around ten years to make it applicable throughout all State owned departments in J&K. While interacting with the media persons, Kaul stressed,' Computerization of all records will disseminate information many folds faster than the existing pace in Government sector. He said that in cities like Hydrabad, where e-governance has been fully enacted, people can view and pay bills for water, electricity and telephone besides municipal taxes through e-governance, hence giving hassle-free administration to people. 'Such web based initiatives offer farmers the information regarding products and services they need to enhance productivity and price realization by cutting the transaction costs besides giving them access to the global information on weather and scientific farming practices' Kaul added while seeking rule of e- governance in this State also.