GUWAHATI, Feb 27 � The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Assam, has accused the Tarun Gogoi-led Congress Government of unleashing a series of deceitful acts in Assam.
In a statement, BJP Assam general secretary Prodyut Bora said that after trying to hide its failure on all fronts by indulging in populist measures like distributing blankets, mosquito nets and bicycles, the Congress Government has now launched a web portal Online Assam (http://online.assam.gov.in) �that is poor in features and functionalities and, in fact, is a parody of the word portal.�
Explaining that the world has progressed from plain-vanilla websites that do little beyond acting as an online pamphlet, to comprehensive portals that are windows to large repositories of knowledge, to finally sophisticated applications that automate what are otherwise lengthy and time-consuming paper-based processes, Bora said that the Government of Assam was trying to pass off a simplistic website as a landmark e-government portal.
�This is yet another white elephant presented to us by the Gogoi ministry. An e-governance portal should be a single window to all citizen-government transactions, and allow one to get work done by sitting at the comforts of one�s home: right from filling a form online, to submitting it electronically, to getting real-time updates,� Bora said, adding that filing a request for a permanent resident certificate (PRC), while a sophisticated e-Governance portal would have automated the entire process, Online Assam only allows the downloading of the PRC form with all other processes having to be carried out manually.
Accusing State IT Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma of wasting Rs 16.04 crore of public money on a badly conceived and executed project, Bora termed it as another example of Sarma�s projects that are loud on noise but poor on detail, and added that a similar portal used by the Meghalaya Government exemplified how a citizen-facing online portal should function, as it was equipped with every feature needed to help a citizen transact with the government.
Bora said that over fifty years of Congress rule had ensured that Assam became the �least developed and worst governed State� in the North-east, not to talk of comparison with other developed States in the country.
�The hollowness of Online Assam reflects the innate deficiency of this Government�s thinking, and ensures that we remain at the bottom of the IT usage curve,� Bora added.