Good governance, transparency via tech: Average connection

Good governance, transparency via tech: Average connection
A screen shot of the Chief Minister’s website which is still under maintenance.

 

Morung Express News
Dimapur | June 15

 

On the first Cabinet meeting of the newly installed People’s Democratic Alliance’s Government in Nagaland, a resolution was passed stating that the new dispensation has decided to “make all out efforts to implement good governance initiatives, implement transparency and promote a culture of meritocracy.”

 

To kick off the initiative, the meeting stated that all Government Departments and Government Institutions “will be required to have its websites, internet portals and social media accounts that provide all information related to their respective Departments within 100 days.”

 

On 99th day of the PDA government, when The Morung Express took a brief survey about its implementation, many seem to be waiting for the last day. It starts at the top. The Chief Minister‘s website (http://chiefminister.nagaland.gov.in) as listed on the CM’s verified Twitter account shows that the website is still on “maintenance mode.”

 

Perhaps, a new revamp site might be unveiled on the 100th Day.

 

The Forerunner
Individually, however, some of the departmental website as listed on Nagaland Government Official State portal (https://www.nagaland.gov.in), show signs of activity after the announcement as well as periodical updates.

 

The more tech-savvy and up-to-date departments/entities are – Power; Agriculture; Taxes; Higher Education; Economics & Statistics; Finance Department, Information Technology; Food and Civil Supplies; Technical Education; National Informatics Centre (NIC) Nagaland; Nagaland Police; Nagaland Pollution Control Board; Accountant General Nagaland; Evaluation; Chief Electoral Officer; Nagaland Public Works Department; Sericulture; Horticulture; Commerce & Industries; State Council of Educational Research and Training, Nagaland; Rural Development; Nagaland Information Commission; Directorate of Home Guards & Civil Defence, and Rural Development.

 

The Department of Horticulture had ‘Schemes & Programmes’ on its website while DoA also launched the first ever ‘NagaFarmDoctor’ mobile app for android phones. A Vision 2025 Document posted on March 24 was available on its site. While the new Department of Environment, Forests and Climate Change website (nagalandforest.in) was launched on May 4, the old one is still listed on the official state portal and pops up in most searches.

 

Many other were informative but show no signs of activity after the announcement. They include Labour, Motor Vehicles Department, Directorate of Land Records and Survey; and the Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority.

 

The laggards
However, some are yet to catch up. The Department of Health & Family Welfare ‘not in good health’ while Department of Irrigation & Flood Control’s website is outdated. The Legal Metrology and Consumers Protection’ and Soil and Water Conservation sites were not working, while the Directorate of New & Renewable Energy site has not been ‘renewed’ for a long time.

 

The website of Personnel and Administrative Reforms; Directorate of Printing and Stationer; Directorate of state institute of rural development (SIRD); State Resource Centre for Women ; Social Welfare; Urban Development Department, Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry; and Administrative Training Institute Nagaland State Commission for Women were also not updated.

 

The PHED, which launched an online payment system this year was also found to have a website yet to be updated. While several government websites listed their social media accounts, the only one with updated activity was the DIPR.