30 September 2019
Bhubaneswar: Odisha Government's pathbreaking initiative Ama Gaon Ama Bikash (AGAB) was awarded at the prestigious Indian Express Group's Indicomm India event held in Mumbai recently. AGAB's was recognised for IT initiatives in the Government sector by Indian Express' communication and IT magazine Express Computers.
The Government of Odisha decided to implement AGAB with a budgetary provision of Rs 1,554 crore for 2018-19. The Government had brought the schemes to develop a channel for direct interaction of citizens with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in a real-time basis using IT platform and to deliver instant benefits to the community at the grassroots level in a most trusted and transparent manner.
"The effective implementation of Ama Gaon Ama Bikash depended on a reliable and flexible IT network. In 10 months the State Government was able to sanction development works worth Rs 1,500 crore which positively impacted the day to day lives of common people," IT Secretary to Government of Odisha, Manoj Mishra said. Mishra along with OCAC Director Aditya Mahapatra received the award at Mumbai.
As per the programme, local people, community organizations, public representatives, and other stakeholders of all the 314 blocks of Odisha to identify various projects in their community to bridge the gap and missing link in common infrastructure development in their area which were not covered in any other State or Central Government rural development schemes.
The projects suggested by Citizens under the programme were placed before the Chief Minister through direct interaction of the citizens through Video Conferencing and the CM was approving the same in front of all and instant sanction orders for the approved projects were sent to the Collector of the concerned District present with the citizens at each block.
The District Collector and PD, DRADA were in charge of supervision and monitoring of progress of the projects approved by the CM.
Objectives of AGAB:
Reaching out to the common people in rural areas of the state using Technology and sanctioning the essential projects by the CM after direct consultation with the citizen with IT Intervention.
Initiative to strengthen the Panchayati Raj system by interacting directly with Gram Panchayats and social audit by involving themselves in developmental activities.
Use of IT for Good Governance:
All 314 blocks were selected based on various parameters for AGAB programme. In order to make each programme at all 314 blocks successful, 12 Mobile Video Conferencing Vans equipped with Video Conferencing High Definition Cameras, HD LED display, Router, Switches, sound system, DG set and with all supporting IT equipments were deployed District wise.
Robust point to point connectivity by BSNL by laying OFC using Statewide Area Network (SWAN) were established at each programme location (Rural area) as per programme two days prior for proper testing. Technical Manpower were deployed at both ends to make the VC successful.
"On the day of the actual programme, the VC connectivity were getting established and Odisha CM was interacting with citizens (more than 10,000) at each block point. It was a mammoth exercise started on 5th March 2018 and continued regularly (at least 3 days in a week) upto 15th Feb 2019. The programme achieved a direct connection between the Government & citizens using robust technology in a fully transparent manner," Mishra added.