NEW DELHI: As teams of Union ministries and departments are queuing up to visit Srinagar, hectic consultations are on at the Centre to manage the administrative shift post October 30, when the union territory status of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh comes into effect.
Plans are afoot to shift all files to e-office system before the ‘darbar’ (seat of power) shifts to Jammu from Srinagar ahead of winter, move J&K’s grievance redressal issues to the Centre’s CPGRAMS system, introduce special training for state administration officers and start a series of “exposure” trips for panchayat representatives from J&K, said people aware of the matter.
The idea is to eliminate manual file movement completely and switch to e-office as the government machinery moves to Jammu, they said.
A team of the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) has visited J&K once and is preparing to implement the e-office. The target is to hold a needs assessment, hardware and software requirement assessment, and estimate cost of implementation and departments for the roll-out, all by September-end, said a person in the know.
Next on the anvil is to integrate J&K government’s online system for grievance redressal, Awaaz e-Awam, with the Centralised Public Grievance Redress And Monitoring System (CPGRAMS). A meeting of grievance officers of J&K has been scheduled for this week.
Meanwhile, the National Centre for Good Governance has been tasked with conducting three key programmes for J&K. These include training of 200 officials from the Kashmir Administrative Service, either at Mussoorie’s Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration or through trainers in Jammu.
Thirty senior officials will be trained in public-private partnership for a possible roll-out of major partnerships with industry in the next few years, besides training the middle management in Jammu on sustainable development goals.
A key agenda item is related to welfare of pensioners, for which a series of workshops will be organised.
A state seminar on e-governance is planned for January 2020, with focus on J&K’s e-governance practices and concerns.
Administration apart, a slew of sector specific interventions are being planned, with central government delegations visiting Srinagar since last week. While a delegation of DARPG and Department of Personnel & Training visited Srinagar earlier this month, the Union human resource development ministry is due to do so later this week.
The power minister visited J&K on Wednesday while officials of the departments of fisheries and tourism have already been to the Valley.
The Centre is also looking to document “success stories” from J&K under President’s rule in its journals and publications, with special editions dedicated to J&K. These, officials told ET, will focus on the J&K panchayat elections and village-centric schemes. Plans are also on to produce films on initiatives in J&K under President’s rule, they said.