Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala has offered the Centre to bring out an advanced version of the e-Office application used by various states. Making the app more user-friendly and compatible with smartphones and tablets are the major upgradations proposed by the state.
IT secretary M. Sivasankar said the Centre almost approved the proposal to develop the version–II of e-Office by incorporating new features.
The National Informatics Centre, Delhi, has developed the current version of e-Office. Hence the state suggested that the NIC's Kerala centre would develop the version-II in close coordination with the state government.
NIC Kerala centre was already involved in various e-governance projects of state government agencies. “Kerala is the one state which had gone much ahead in e-Office implementation. Moreover, of the modifications suggested by various state governments, 80 percent were by Kerala. Once the formal approvals are received, we could develop it in six months, and it could be used by other states too,” said Mr Sivasankar.
"The present version is compatible only with desktop and laptop computers and not very user-friendly. Features like automated updating of government orders to the public domain as soon as the orders are issued also need to be incorporated."
Almost all offices in government secretariat have already switched over to the e-Office, and the government plans to make entire file movement through this platform by the next month. It also plans to roll out e-Office in offices of all district collectors and heads of departments during this year itself, the IT secretary said.