R. Sairam

MADURAI: Madurai district’s e-governance initiative for pension, which has reduced the disbursal time from half-an-hour to around five minutes, has been lauded by Chief Minister M. karunanidhi, who has directed the administration to share the software with all treasuries in the State.

The software, designed and developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC), Madurai, with the support of Qudsia Gandhi, Principal Secretary, Personnel Administrative Reforms Department, has been sent to all other districts, Collector S.S. Jawahar told The Hindu here on Monday.

The NIC, coming under the Department of Information Technology, gives administrative bodies assistance in e-governance.

Officials of the District Treasury need not search for a pensioner’s record from the 1,200 registers anymore; with this software, the musters of all 26,288 pensioners have been digitised. The vital information in the pension payment order book has been uploaded into the software, besides the pensioner’s photograph.

The process of developing the software and uploading information was completed in three months. “It is an open source software,” said A.M. Michael Raj, District Informatics Officer, NIC.

“The software was put into operation on April 2 in the treasury, and 26 nodes of computers available here were utilised for the project. It can complete the process for even 1,000 pensioners in one hour,” he said.

Workload reduced

“This software has reduced the workload of treasury officials and they can now spend more time on other work. It has also gone down well with the public,” said Mr. Jawahar, recalling the experience of a woman pensioner.

In the evening, Ms. Qudsia Gandhi conducted a review meeting of e-governance initiatives of six districts through teleconference from Theni.