Digital Jammu Kashmir

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Chief Secretary (CS) Arun Kumar Mehta Monday said that the Digital J&K initiative was aimed at providing discrimination-free and corruption-free governance to the people of J&K.

Speaking at the Digital J&K Week 2022 function that concluded here Monday, Mehta, who was the chief guest on the occasion, said that during the ongoing digital revolution, feedback from thousands of people could be gathered in a minute which could efficiently reveal the true face of the services offered by the government.

He said that people could easily learn about the development works being done anywhere in J&K through Jan Bhagidari online platform.

The comments of the Chief Secretary regarding the digitalization of the governing system are absolutely in line with the need on ground. He spoke and stressed on the issue which is highly required to have in place when it comes to provide corruption free, hassle free and timely services to the common masses.

 In the present times, the role of digital technology can’t be overlooked. It has invaded positively in every sphere of life and human beings are much more reliant on technology now.

The time will soon come when digital technology will be unavoidable. However, the pace and sincerity we have in Jammu and Kashmir to employ it is abysmal. Most of the sectors in government are yet to fully employ the technology.

 Our governance is minimal depending on the digital technology.  Resources and infrastructure being utilized by the officers is taking a heavy cost on our resources. The mindset needs to be changed and the stress needs to be given on the use of modern technology.

 Instead of moving physically to the offices and engaging the massive administrative set up followed by huge infrastructure in terms of vehicles, offices etc the culture of online meetings shall be encouraged and made necessary.

Only in exigency, the physical visits shall be allowed. Besides, most of the employees in the government sector have little or no knowledge of technology. Given their inefficiency, they discourage the change and try to stay relevant in traditional working culture.

This mind set also needs to be changed and all employees must be encouraged to learn fresh and stay updated. As long as the manpower in the government sector is not comfortable with the new changes and adopts them positively, Digital Jammu Kashmir might be a distant dream.  

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