A decade after the IT policy was unveiled, the state government has now made it mandatory for babus to make use of their official e-mail address to intimate others about inter-departmental meetings. A GR informing all state government employees about this directive was issued on November 9. At present, only the chief minister’s office makes use of email to tell others about meetings and agenda. Henceforth, this system will have to be implemented by all the state government officials. The order also states that the email will be deemed official and no further paper work would be required for the same. The state government has been lax in extending the scope of IT in Maharashtra. According to the IT Policy issued by the government in 1998, one of the goals was to make obligatory the use of email between state headquarters and district-level offices by January 1, 1999 and up to taluka headquarters by January 1, 2000. Now to implement the same the state government has created approximately 7,000 e-mail addresses for its employees in departments across Maharashtra. Bureau report – NMTV News.
December 1, 2014