NIC work for ICT Support to State appreciated by the Chief Secretary Assam

DG NIC and Shri D C Misra, DDG and State Co-ordinator Assam, interacting with CS Assam
by Kavita Barkakoty, Assam -

Guwahati, January 13, 2021: The Chief Secretary of Assam Shri Jishnu Barua, IAS visited NIC Assam along with senior officers of the State Government and took a comprehensive review of the work that the National Informatics Centre (NIC) has been doing for the Assam Government. He was accompanied by senior officials of the State Government Shri Biswa Ranjan Samal, IAS, Principal Secretary. Cooperation, Shri Niraj Verma, Principal Secretary, Home, Political, Power (E), Personnel & A.R. Training, Dr K.K Dwivedi, Principal Secretary, Industries and Commerce, Act East Policy Affairs, Transport and Skill, Employment & Entrepreneurship, and Shri M.S Manivannan, IAS, Commissioner &Secretary, Revenue and DM, General Administration and Secretariat Administration and CEO, ASDMA.  

Dr Neeta Verma, Director General NIC and Shri Deepak Chandra Misra, Deputy Director General & State Coordinator for Assam, participated in the review meeting from Delhi over video conferencing.

Smt Suchitra Pyarelal, Deputy Director General & State Informatics Officer, and team of NIC Project Heads briefed the Chief Secretary on NIC activities. NIC Assam has been offering ICT support and guidance to the Assam Government since 1988, and has been the pioneering organization for most of the State’s digital initiatives.

This was Shri Barua’s first stock taking of NIC work since he has taken charge as the Chief Secretary of the State. He went through a detailed presentation of NIC projects, services, products and new initiatives which are running in the State, and critically appreciated different aspects of each activity.

Commending NIC for its service to the State, he emphasized that crucial work such as building up a centralized human resources data base on which all departments could run various applications, creating an archival management system of cabinet notes, implementation of standardized applications for Assam Public Service examinations and recruitments, adoption of critical applications for location and tracking of commercial passenger vehicles, has to be taken up on an urgent basis.

He appreciated NIC for its successful efforts in standardizing all government web portals to enhance the experience of citizens in e-governance, implementing digital filing systems in government offices and its extraordinary support in fighting Covid-19 by developing a variety of applications and providing high speed video conferencing and networking facilities.

Commenting that the Transport and Excise Departments of the State are at the forefront of computerization and digital governance resulting in a high level of convenience for citizens, he urged NIC and his colleagues to give priority to online management of similar citizen service delivery systems such as Ease of Doing Business, citizens’ Right To Public Service, Public Distribution System, Pensions Processing, etc.

Taking a holistic view of the overall e-Governance approach, he expressed confidence that newly launched initiatives of NIC such as application system for development of rural areas, Digital Secretariat, eCabinet, digital dashboards for the Chief Secretary and all other departmental, project and district heads would find extensive utility and acceptance. He hoped that the State Government, together with NIC, would very soon make Digital Assam a practical reality.