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E-gov: MCD in finance control mode

Posted by egovindia on July 7, 2006

E-gov: MCD in finance control mode
 
Aanchal Bansal

http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=191698
 
New Delhi, July 6: A financial crunch in the MCD and ‘‘unsatisfactory’’ performance of Citizen Service Bureaux (CSB) has turned out to be a stumbling block in computerising vital departments of the corporation.

MCD’s IT department had proposed that the contract of setting up a central server and maintaining it be given to government agency C-DACS at a cost of Rs 2.5 lakh per month.

The MCD Standing Committee, however, decided to first set up a five-member committee to examine the project, given the ‘‘unsatisfactory’’ performance of CSBs that were established as part of the project.

Standing Committee member Brij Mohan Sharma who is part of the committee, said that as the total cost of the project has been estimated at over Rs 5.6 crore, it’s essential to look into the project in detail.

‘‘We found that certain CSBs aren’t functioning properly, so it’s essential to ensure that this project is worth the expenditure,’’ he said.

As part of the E-governance programme launched two years ago, the MCD was to computerise the engineering and health departments, including interconnecting all MCD hospitals, initiating e-tendering, setting up public grievances and monitoring system and a database of property tax assessment.

The MCD, however, lacks a central server to host the various application software developed for its vital departments.‘‘We’ve finished work for computerisation of Swami Dayanand Hospital and Rajan Babu TB Hospital, developed software for e-tendering and have already set up a Land Area Network (LAN) for Townhall. But all this is useless, till we have a server to host the applications,’’ said a senior official.

Sharma added that the committee will also look at getting the funds from the state and central government. ‘‘The MCD is already short of funds and this project will add to our financial burden,’’ he said.

As per department estimates, setting up its own server can cost the MCD over Rs 15 crore. ‘‘Besides, we need trained staff to maintain and monitor the server 24X7 and 365 days. We don’t have the capacity to have such a huge setup,’’ said the official.

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