Com­put­ers yet to click for MC em­ploy­ees

HT Ludhiana Live - - Front Page - Ar­jun Sharma ar­jun. [email protected] hin­dus­tan­times. com LUD­HI­ANA:

The em­ploy­ees of the Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion and the res­i­dents of the city are yet to reap the ben­e­fits of com­put­er­i­sa­tion. Re­port­edly, there has been loss of data and doc­u­ments due to short­age of com­put­ers. While the MC has more than 2000 em­ploy­ees, it has less than 100 com­put­ers at its dis­posal. Sources say that the top MC of­fi­cials use most of th­ese com­put­ers.

There was a pro­posal by the state gov­ern­ment to put all de­part­ments, in­clud­ing mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, un­der e-gov­er­nance. How­ever, the pro­posal has not taken off well for the MC of Lud­hi­ana.

An MC em­ployee said that it took a lot of time and ef­fort to main­tain and up­grade the data man­u­ally. “It will be eas­ier if the data is com­put­er­sied. It will save both­er­a­tion to the em­ploy­ees and the pub­lic while sav­ing pa­per too,” he said. Sources said that the res­i­dents have filed a lot of com­plaints re­gard­ing the loss of data, which too get buried un­der piles of files. “Many a time the de­part­ment con­cerned claims that it has lost the com­plaint let­ter,” added the sources.

Joint com­mis­sioner of MC, Lud­hi­ana, AS Sekhon, said that the civic body min­istry brought in the pro­posal of com­put­er­i­sa­tion last year. “How­ever, the process has not been worked out due to some rea­sons,” he added.

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