Srinagar: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday said Jammu and Kashmir has to travel many miles to catch up race with other states in the field of Information Technology and Electronics.
"Though with the restoration of peace we have come a long way, we have to go a long way to make the state a hub of IT and Electronics," Omar said inaugurating the two-day `Knowledge Exchange Conference Srinagar` on e-governance theme.
He said despite being ideally located and potentially rich for these sectors, the continuous law and order situation and disturbance in the state for over two decades has hampered the growth of IT and Electronics severally.
Reiterating his government`s firm resolve to take the state to new heights, Omar said during the last four years many new initiatives have been introduced to make e-governance rule the roost and upgrade service delivery making it prompt, transparent and hassle-free by introducing IT measures.
Omar said he wants to improve and universalise healthcare and educational facilities across the state by utilising up-to-date and modern IT and technological interventions.
"In the given situation we are in the state presenting mosaic of geographical diversities, climatic vagaries, remoteness of areas, difficult terrains and poor accessibility, the use of IT to reach out people for attending their welfare and development requirements is the need of the hour," he said.
Recognising the requirement, he said, measures have been initiated to march ahead on road to e-governance.
He referred to the measures of e-tendering, e-procurement and launch of web portals in various public service departments for public benefit.
The Chief Minister added that services and solutions from various departments are being put on-line for general public facility.
Omar said he has asked the Information Technology Department to move ahead in digitalising land records and making revenue papers available to the people electronically.
"I have also asked them to introduce IT initiatives in other departments including education and health, making communication technology focal point in the development process," he said, adding CISCO can be roped in to prepare pilot projects in this regard.
He said like Border Area Development Programme, other flagship and public importance programme needed to be brought under the ambit of IT to ensure transparency, regular monitoring and meaningful implementation.