Srinagar, May 21 (Scoop News) –Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Monday highlighted the need for rejuvenating Community Information Centres (CICs) to make them hub of Information collection and dissemination. He directes for merging their functioning with the established Panchayat Raj System in the state.
Addressing a high level meeting to discuss the issue of strengthening and upgrading CICs here, the Chief Minister asked the Information Technology and Rural Development Departments to jointly work out a viable model to use the CICs as block centres for dissemination of vital information to the people in rural areas particularly agriculturists.
Omar Abdullah said that the basic idea of establishing CIC was to bring in e-governance at block levels and keep generated information available to the people for various purposes in the process of development. “These are Centres to act as data bank and digital route for filing reports and receiving information”, he said directing for integrating the Panchayat Raj System with the functioning of CICs.
The Chief Minister said the Jammu and Kashmir e-governance Agency (JaKeGA) has an important role to get involved in strengthening the CICs and making them viable block level vital information delivery units. He said that information regarding weather, cropping pattern, market trends and other aspects can be obtained and provided to the people through these centres besides other such information.
He asked the IT department to ascertain the status of functions of CICs in North East states and accordingly modal the module to operate in the state.
Speaking in the meeting the Minister for Rural Development, Ali Mohammad Sagar said that upgradation of the functioning of CICs to befit in the Panchayat Raj System established in the state need to be worked out in a time bound manner.
He said that the new change crept in the development concept in the field of rural development area the state after the establishment of Panchayat Raj called for flagging the effective functioning of CICs as basic information providing centres. He said that a strategy has to be worked out to bring these centres at par to the growing needs of people in rural areas so as to strengthen e-governance.
The meeting was attended by Minister of State for Rural Development, Ajaz Ahmed Khan, Chief Secretary, Madhav Lal, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, B. B. Vyas, Commissioner Secretary, Rural Development, Farooq Ahmed Peer, Secretary, IT, M A Bukhari and other senior officers were present in the meeting.
The meeting discussed various measures to be taken to best utilize CICs for providing information to the people in rural areas. The Commissioner Secretary, Rural Development gave the background and status of the 135 CICs established in as many blocks in the state. The Secretary IT presented vision document for the strengthening and upgrading these units to serve to the people in an appropriate manner.