The Jammu and Kashmir administration signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Indian Institute of Technology, Jammu on Monday to jointly work on capacity building of the information technology infrastructure and e-services, officials said.
The MoU was signed by Prema Puri, Commissioner-Secretary to the government, information technology department, and Professor Manoj Singh Gaur, Director, IIT-Jammu, in the presence of Lieutenant Governor (LG) Manoj Sinha, at the Raj Bhavan.
The LG said the collaboration will create a center of expertise and excellence for the design, and development of projects related to software services, cyber-security, capacity building for cyber compliances, and IT policies. The agreement will also pave the way for developing and organizing hackathons for talent hunt, besides incubation of startups in the Union Territory, he added.
Highlighting the areas of collaboration through the MoU, the LG stressed adopting cutting-edge technology for cyber-security solutions to provide security to all the digital assets of the government. He said the biggest goal of the MoU is to improve the effectiveness of governance with the prime objective of making services faceless, paperless, easy, effective, and efficient.
Several initiatives have been undertaken by the government for revolutionizing public service delivery and improving responsiveness and accountability of the departments, Sinha said.
Citing the example of the "Aapki Zameen Aapki Nigrani" Land Records Information System (LRIS) for establishing a transparent system by facilitating easy online access to individual land records by citizens and thereby curbing corruption, the LG suggested going a step ahead and exploring the possibility of a new platform based on blockchain technology to keep the land records absolutely safe and tamper-proof.
He also highlighted the need for a transition of government websites to user-friendly mobile versions. The LG suggested collaborative efforts to develop community-monitoring tools for school education and higher education departments to objectively monitor the quality of education in schools and colleges across Jammu and Kashmir.
On the occasion, the LG congratulated Jammu and Kashmir's information technology department for implementing an electronic service delivery program on a mission mode and enabling the Union Territory to secure the top position among all the Union Territories in e-governance services delivery, in accordance with the recent National e-Governance Service Delivery Assessment (NeSDA) report.
Sinha also stressed achieving the goal of end-to-end services in all e-governance services to eliminate the need for physical intervention and suggested replicating the application model adopted by the PDD and Jal Shakti departments to achieve the same.