Digital India’s mission is “to transform the entire ecosystem of public services through the use of information technology”. The Government of India has launched the Digital India programme with the vision to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. The mission is being defied by none other than a ministry headed by the Prime Minister himself. The Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions is considered to be a very efficient ministry. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the Minister and day-to-day activities are monitored by the Minister of State, Jitendra Singh. It’s the cadre controlling ministry of IAS officers. The ministry started communicating digitally long ago. All circulars, notices, transfers postings, training programmes are uploaded on its website. The concerned ministries are also informed digitally and sending notifications. Each document issued by DoPT is marked to the National Informatics Centre (NIC) and is expected to be uploaded and updated same day in respective segments. The NIC, however, behaves like the revenue department of a district which works at its own speed and they really don’t care what the ministry has sent. There is a list of 339 Joint Secretaries who have been shifted in the last two years but their postings and designations are more than six months old whereas it should have been updated on the same day. Even Executive Record sheets of officers are outdated. The Parliament Question section does not inform anything and always shows error. Good intentions notwithstanding, Prime Minister Modi is expected to at least make his ministry fully ‘Digital India’ compliant.
VOL. 10, ISSUE 5 | AUGUST, 2016