Thodupuzha: A district administration in the state has launched video-conferencing system to interlink the village offices with collectorate and taluk offices through smart phones. This big leap in communication, which is aimed at better and easier governance in the Revenue Department, commenced in the hilly district of Idukki.
The project was started by interconnecting 18 village offices in Udumbanchola taluk. Power Minister M M Mani inaugurated the project from Rajakkad village office by interacting with District Collector Jeevan Babu through mobile video conferencing. Joyce George MP, ADM P G Radhakrishnan, Udumbanchola tahsildar P Bhanukumar, District Informatics officer Roy Joseph, IT Cell coordinator Anil K Isaac took part in the function.
Earlier, five taluk offices in the district were brought under a desktop video-conferencing system, initiated by the E-governance Society, and connected with the collectorate.
Apart from the villages offices that come under Udumbanchola taluk, all the remaining village offices that come under various taluk offices of the district will be brought under the system before November 30, said S Nived, the district project manager of Kerala State IT Mission.
The key feature of the system is that it helps in better coordination of the activities in the district by enabling a direct communication between the district collector and the tahsildars and village officers. The collector can also make a direct assessment of the troubled area using the smart phone facilities. The project is enabled by the National Informatics Centre and the Kerala IT Mission.
Once the new system is in place, the village officer, except under emergency situations, need not take the trouble to commute all the way to taluk offices. “Normally, the travel time of a village officer who had to shuttle between his office and taluk office or collectorate ate away the major chunk of his duty hours. The new system will do away with the travelling hassles and save time," said Collector Jeevan Babu.