New Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has declared his government will make a concerted effort toward paperless operations.
Paper files will be processed through document capture solutions and instantly uploaded to content management services. ZeeNews.com reports that the idea isn't new, but it hadn't exactly been a priority until Modi's administration took the helm.
Modi's fresh instructions state that there should be no heaps of files anywhere – not on desks, shelves, filing cabinets or window sills. The goal is to completely remove clutter and adopt an all-electronic system of governance.
"Earlier, files would keep pending for weeks, sometimes months. Some ministers in the UPA government would sit on files endlessly. The new ministers are signing the files left over by the previous government within minutes. The speed is catching on, and officials are also not sitting on files any longer," an official said, according to ZeeNews.com.
The National Informatics Centre has a safe server on which machinery for government communication is run. This will protect sensitive information from being hacked. The server also includes a backup power source that will run computers for around half an hour following an outage.
Going digital will reduce operational costs, open up space for storage and result in a more efficient staff. This is in addition to the environmental impact to be had by reducing paper manufacturing and delivery pollution and waste.
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