UP, Bihar Lead the Way to Adopt Modi’s Pet e-SamikSha Scheme
Despite political rivalry with Narendra Modi, both the CMs roll out their own e-SamikSha portals on the lines of PM’s e-SamikSha to monitor the progress of big projects
New Delhi: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and his UP counterpartAkhileshYadavmaybepolitical rivalsof NarendraModibutthathas not come in the way of their state governments adopting a pet governance idea of the Prime Minister.
UP and Bihar have become the first states to roll out their own e-SamikSha portals on the lines of PM’s eSamikSha run by Centre to monitor the progress of its big projects and schemes. Chief secretaries of both states confirmed this to ET. NIC’s Cabinet Secretariat Division has replicated the e-SamikSha portal for UP and Bihar. These states follow eight central ministries who have their internal e-SamikSha portals.
“We have rolled out e-SamikSha in UP for improving communication and monitoring between Lucknow Secretariat and District Magistrates (DMs). It is monitored by me,” UP
chief secretary Alok Ranjan said. 18 Divisional Commissioners and 75 DMs are now linked to Ranjan’s office through UP e-SamikSha. Bihar chief secretaryAnjaniKumarSingh said: “Bihar has its e-SamikSha now for internal monitoring of Bihar’s projects.”
e-SamikSha is PM Modi’s pet idea started in November 2014 for tracking of all high-priority projects through a real-time monitoring system by cabinet secretary and PM. Alerts go out from both these top men on an online dashboard to Secretaries in ministries if projects slacken. All state chief secretaries are also on the central e-SamikSha for communication on projects between states and Centre, monitored as part of monthly PRAGATI meetings chaired by PM via video confer- encing with state chief secretaries. Bihar and UP have now adopted this e-SamikSha system for the statelevel monitoring. “The central eSamikSha portal is useful...like if a state project is stuck due to environmental clearance, we can flag it on the central portal. On Bihar’s level too, its adoption is helping,” Anjani KumarSinghsaid.UP’sAlokRanjan said the state’s new portal was useful for two-level communication between the district heads and Patna.
The state portals of Bihar and UP are however not monitored directly bytherespectivechief ministers,unlike the central portal. While Ranjan said UP’s e-SamikSha portal operatedonabureaucraticlevel,Singhsaid the Bihar chief minister is “informed” if a major policy issue is resolved through e-SamikSha that is monitored by him and the principal secretary. A Cabinet Secretariat official in Delhi said: “This adoption shows a good governance idea is above politics.”
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