ITANAGAR, June 12 - Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu today said that by next year, all offices of the State Government, including those in the districts, will start functioning as e-offices, while asserting that it is the only way to curb corruption and red-tapism.
Khandu stated this while attending a webinar on e-office for North Eastern States, which was chaired by Union DoNER Minister Dr Jitendra Singh. He said that the process for digitalization of governance in the State began in 2016 through a Cabinet decision.
The Chief Minister stated that as on date, 11 offices under the State Civil Secretariat and five other government establishments have been on board the digital platform.
The remaining offices under the Civil Secretariat and 22 Directorates will be on-boarded in a time-bound manner within one month, while in the second phase the remaining 45 departments will be on-boarded within three months.
Khandu welcomed the DoNER Ministry�s thrust on e-offices in the North East, and asserted that it is the only way to curb corruption. He further said that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, efforts should be on to minimize human-to-human interface to contain the spread of the virus.
Khandu drew attention of the DoNER Ministry towards the difficult terrains and extreme weather conditions of the State that hampers network connectivity, especially in the rural areas.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister thanked the Union DoNER Minister and the Secretary for accepting his proposal to utilise all funds under the North East Special Infrastructure Development (NESID) and NEC schemes in ramping up the healthcare sector for the next two years. He stated that the State Government would also spend loans procured from the NABARD on the health sector.
�COVID-19 has opened up our eyes. Our main focus will be now to improve our healthcare sector. By the end of next two years, we hope to revamp all our hospitals, including those in the districts,� Khandu asserted.