With the continued rise of smartphones and accelerated growth in data usage, the government departments, corporations and PSUs are overhauling their traditional strategy of using technology for better governance. Now they are moving beyond e-governance and gradual adoption of mobile platform is becoming a priority task. Recently, the Bihar State Building Construction Corporation (BSBCCL), a government of Bihar enterprise that works in the area of constructing government buildings and their maintenance, in the line of Central government’s National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC), has come up with a mobile monitoring system to ensure transparency and accountability in the execution of the projects and its operations.
Basically, the mobile monitoring system of BSBCCL is a Window-based application that has been created with the help of Vodafone. The application provides current status of employees and projects, and helps in monitoring each and every scheme with respect to the fund allotment, work status, expenditure, contractor assignment and work details.
Over the years, BSBCCL has been able to strengthen its IT infrastructure with the introduction of technology in its core operational strategy. Today, the corporation has well established systems for e-monitoring, e-procurement, project management, financial accounting, e-leave management and security of the network and the devices. “Our e-governance systems are in place, now the focus is to take it to the mobile platform and use it for the benefit of the people and the organisation,” Ganga Kumar, managing director, BSBCCL told FE.
It is important to note that the mandate of BSBCCL is to construct big and prestigious buildings, their maintenance, administer townships and other constructions which the state government may assign. It is presently building Kishanganj Agriculture University and in the past has successfully built some of the signature buildings of the state such as the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Gandhi Maidan, Adhiveshan Bhawan, Ghulam Sarwar Memorial Hall, and Loknayak Jayaprakash Institute of Technology.
ICT implementation has been at the fore-front of BSBCCL’s core strategy for efficient management of its operations and work. “We want to create a paperless environment that is why the use of ICT has been at the forefront,” said Kumar.
Also, for ensuring smooth and corruption free tendering, BSBCCL has automated the process of tendering with the help of e-tendering solution. Now, the contractors need not to come to BSBCCL office.
Everything is on the website and same is being now provided on mobile.
Currently, BSBCCL is working to set up a new IT infrastructure for e-office for paperless activity, e-library for saving and viewing files online, online examination form registration for jobs, and online HR management system.
According to Kumar, in all these initiatives m-governance will be the key and more than anything else, going forward BSBCCL would create a self-sustainable model for m-governance.