New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi led NDA Government will soon be seen equipped with latest electronic devices enabling them to take faster decisions.
The government has planned to arm its top ministers and bureaucrats with latest tablets and e-readers, powered by secure and encrypted apps to make cabinet meetings paperless.
They will soon be seen moving to an online portal called eCabinet.
Once implemented, the intra-government portal will eliminate the tedious process of physical movement of files during inter-ministerial consultation on cabinet proposals. It will also maintain an e-record of official responses as opposed to the stereotype method of maintaining file notings and will also ease the file tracking process.
According to a report of Hindustan Times, approval for the same has been sought from the law ministry by the ministry of communication and information technology.
If everything goes fine then within 6 to 8 months government may migrate to the upgraded system.
The process will require the ministers to log into the portal with a password but will be restricted from sharing their details with anyone. Only authorized users will be permitted to access the system and share information.
Cabinet secretary Ajit Seth is reportedly open to the idea. He, however, wants it to undergo thorough extensive checking before the actual migrations take place.
“Cabinet notes are treated as secret. It is, therefore, essential to ensure that the e-mode has sufficient security features,” an official told HT.
Currently, Cabinet notes are circulated both by e-mails and on paper.
Andhra Pradesh was the first to digitize its governance and conduct a paperless eCabinet meeting in September last year. It organized special training camps for those ministers who are not computer savvy.
The entire system will also require the secretariat to amend the transaction of business rules for cabinet meetings to make the e-portal a part of government procedure.