Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Junk Nadawala Files, 2013: A BoI campaign for moving towards e-files

THIS photo of an unknown Indian bureaucrat finds its place in the official website of UNESCO, or United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture. If you place the key words “Indian Bureaucrat” in UNESCO’s official site, it comes to a section called World Press Freedom Day and this photo appears. Is it the depiction of an extreme case or we do need a quick transition from paper files to e-files on a war footing? Post your comments and tell the authority to move faster on e-files.


  1. In written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on December 21, 2011, minister of state in PMO, V Narayanasamy informed how the government proposed to computerize all non-sensitive files "so as to reduce the burden of RTI applicants". The government included e-Office as one of the Mission Mode Projects (MMP) under the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP). The e-Office MMP is aimed at introducing the concept of Less Paper and efficient Offices in all the Government of India offices, the minister added. The broad objectives of e-Office, as informed to Parliament are as below:
    a) To improve efficiency, consistency and effectiveness of government responses.
    b) To reduce turnaround time and to meet the demand of the citizen charter.
    c) To provide for effective resource management to improve the quality of administration.
    d) To enhance transparency and accountability.
    e) To provide cost effective and environment friendly e-storage facility.
    The project was launched at three pilot locations namely Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, e-Governance Division of Department of Information Technology and Training Division of Department of Personnel and Training in September, 2010.

  2. Checked the UNESCO's site. The photo is of one Jan Banning from the Netherlands. The photo depicts an Indian low level bureaucrat, probably a head-clerk. Do visit some MDs' offices. It's a swanky office. Personally, I appreciate BoI's new campaign to make Indian government offices paper-less. We need e-files to bring transparency too.