Omar emphasises utility of e-governance

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Jammu, Feb 3 (PTI) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister OmarAbdullah today flagged off the application of InformationTechnology (IT) as an "effective vehicle for people-friendlye-governance module" in the state.

The Chief Minister also approved the constitution of aworking group headed by Chief Secretary to finalise the newdraft IT policy for the state.

He called upon the IT sector for determining the futureroadmap for e-governance, transparency and quick response tothe public needs.

"The initiative of the IT department should determinethe future roadmap for e-governance, transparency and quickresponse to the public needs in Jammu and Kashmir," Omar saidat a function of IT Department here.

"In the first phase you need to identify a group of coredepartments for thorough focusing on the subject and buildingtheir e-governance capacity," he said, adding the strategy tothis regard could be gradually extended to other departments.

He said there has been drastic change and development inthe field of technology and IT sector in recent times. "ITdepartment should take best advantage of the latest availabletechnology and create its strategy for delivery of servicesthrough a State Data Centre (SDC) and State Wide Area Network(SWAN) connecting all identified areas".

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