The Coal Ministry of India recently announced that it will move towards electronic storage of information and do away with papers and all physical files. Now, the ministry has asked other departments of the government to follow suite and go paperless with electronic storage of crucial data. The Coal Ministry has also advanced its date of going totally digital from November 1 to October 16. Also Read - India may soon announce its own ‘Atmanirbhar’ app store as alternative to Google, AppleAlso Read - FASTag is now free until February 29, NHAI waves off charges for 15 days
The ministry believes that doing so will allow other departments to exchange papers and documents electronically, which will boost efficiency and transparency among ministries. As part of the Digital India campaign, the Coal Ministry had announced its move of going all digital. Digitization of the governmental departments is still at its early stage and recently, the HRD Ministry announced that it was working to ensure that student degrees and certificates are awarded to students in the digital format from the 2017 academic session as it has more longevity than traditional degrees.
The government had launched the Digital India Program last year with an aim to transform the country into a digitally empowered and knowledge economy. “We have discovered the value of transparency and technology in the ministry first in the context of the coal block auctions, then in the context of increase in coal production and now (we are) taking the final step in the terms of doing away with all physical files,” Coal Secretary Anil Swarup said. “And we are now writing to other ministries that if they also do the same thing then the inter-ministerial movement of papers and files would be electronic. We are very hopeful that it would happen,” he added.
“Our obsession with technology has gone to the extent that within the Coal Ministry from October 16 this year…there will be only digital papers and digital files which will move in the ministry…No physical files under the ministry,” Swarup said. “Date for going totally digital in Coal Ministry advanced from 1st Nov to 16th Oct. All files & papers to move in digital format,” Swarup had earlier said in a tweet. ALSO READ: Change in mindset required for Digital India to yield benefits: Sam Pitroda
In line with the Center’s ambitious ‘Digital India’ initiative, the Coal Ministry had earlier announced that it has decided to move all papers and documents in digital format, a move aimed at bringing more efficiency and transparency. Meanwhile, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar had said the government wants to make the whole apparatus digital and besides receiving certificates in digital format, students would also be able to upload their other certificates and awards in digital format, he had said. The government had launched the Digital India Program last year with an aim to transform the country into a digitally empowered and knowledge economy. ALSO READ: Innovation is key to achieve Digital India: Telecom Minister Manoj Singh