An ambitious plan is on the anvil to bring the administration of as many as 74 tribal welfare ashram schools and 45 tribal welfare hostels in the Bhadrachalam Agency under e-governance from the coming academic year. With a view to ensure transparency, the Tribal Welfare Department has initiated the process of bringing e-governance to the centre stage of hostel administration.

According to sources, the proposed move envisages introduction of a web-based online system to effectively monitor the attendance of the students and the staff, prompt submission and payment of bills, maintenance of stock registers, implementation of the prescribed menu and other related tasks.

The proposed e-governance initiative would run on the lines of the online hostel monitoring system being successfully implemented by the Social Welfare Department in the State, said Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA), Bhadrachalam, Project Officer G Veerapandian. It will replace the existing manual attendance marking system and pave the way for online monitoring of the functioning of the tribal welfare ashram schools and hostels.

Online tracking of the health status of the students of the tribal welfare educational institutions would be another significant feature of the proposed e-initiative. The data pertaining to the existing staff and students besides other relevant details of the tribal welfare educational institutions in the agency had already been compiled, he said adding that the entire data, including the details of the vendors and stock inventory, would be uploaded on the official website of the Tribal Welfare Department.

Hostel wardens and headmasters concerned will be trained and issued user ID and passwords for the implementation of the new e-initiative tentatively christened “hostel project,” he said. It is poised to become operational in June.