Srinagar: Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta on Thursday said that all individuals above 5 years of age to be made aware about digital initiatives in Jammu & Kashmir.
Mehta directed all the Deputy Commissioners to raise awareness amongst all the people above 5 years of age about the digital initiatives in J&K.
Dr Mehta was speaking at a function held to declare open the ‘Digital Week’ being organized by the IT Department and attended by thousands of individuals and school children throughout the J&K.
In his address, the Chief Secretary observed that the malaise of ‘Corruption’ can be largely addressed through ‘Online Services’ and digital services are the best antidote to the evil of corruption.
He maintained that the digital services are not only accessible and transparent but also non-discriminatory and more efficient, besides being less costly and cumbersome.
Mehta stated that the celebration of this week is only aimed at making people aware about their rights. He noted that only those favouring corruption are against such transformations.
The Chief Secretary advised people to seek their rights and avoid visiting offices physically by applying for services from the comforts of their homes.
He also impressed upon the IT Department to devise ways like that of establishing a call center or sending messages to applicants about the status of their applications.
The Chief Secretary reiterated that today J&K is at the top in adoption of IT-enabled solutions in governance. He called it a sheer commitment on part of the LG administration and gave credit to ‘Team J&K’ comprising all the Deputy Commissioners, HoDs, all Administrative Secretaries and Secretary IT Department.
Dr Mehta noted that J&K has come a long way in transforming itself from a laggard to leader when it comes to bringing governance at the doorsteps of people.
He hoped that the J&K should emerge as a role model to other States/UTs in the country.
The CS underscored that J&K has the required capacity, capability, drive and desire to be the best.
He said that digital Governance is the new ethos and is the way forward to future ready J&K.
Dr Mehtra also gave credit to the people of J&K who very ably adapted themselves with the brisk changes happening around them.
He made out that in the months to come J&K is aiming at upgrading from the current tally of 1016 to nearly 1500. He made out that our slogan should be that “Digital hai to Sahi hai”.