SHILLONG, Aug 8: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space Dr Jitendra Singh said here today that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s thrust on e-governance has brought peripheral States on a common page as the other States of India and placed the parameters of governance in North Eastern States and other hill States at par with the more developed States of the country.
In his inaugural address at the two – day National Conference on e-governance, the first of its kind to be held in North East, Dr Jitendra Singh said, one of the earliest advice by PM Narendra Modi after this government came in 2014, was that we should try to move the Govt of India out of Vigyan Bhawan. He said, looking back at the last five years, he felt vindicated to note that we had carried the process of holding national level conferences on governance in different parts of India at varied venues including Nagpur, Jammu, Jaipur etc. and today’s conference at Shillong has brought the entire Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievanes(APRG) and the Ministry of Personnel to the North East and the two- day deliberations will involve representative officers from 28 States of India and each of the Union Territories.
Dr Jitendra Singh disclosed that the Digital-India programme is being extended to North East in a big way, wherein not only the State governments will be connected to each other and to the Union government, but the various educational institutes including schools will also get the benefit from this programme.
For the benefit of officers across the country, Dr Jitendra Singh disclosed that iGOT (Integrated Over Online Training Course) programme has been launched for imparting training via online mode. While the Recruitment Rules motoring system became operational on 24 Dec 2016, he said, all the Ministries can now submit their proposal online which is a major step towards paperless office. This will not only lead to saving of time but also bring in simplification and ease of process, he added.
Meghalaya IT Minister Hamletson Dohling, Secretary ARPG, KV Eapan, Union Secy MEITI Ajay Prakash Sahni, Chief Secretary Meghalaya P S Thangkhiew and V Srinwas, Addl Secretary ARPG also spoke during the inaugural address.