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

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

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.”

Ni­tish Ku­mar, Akhilesh Ya­dav

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