Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: As part of its efforts to implement e-governance, the Chennai Corporation on Friday launched a training programme on office automation for 150 staff.

The programme is for a duration of 60 hours and the Corporation is incurring an expenditure of Rs.4.65 lakh on it. Speaking at the launch, Mayor M.Subramanian said that staff of the electrical department of the civic body were also being provided training in Hardware networking so that they could help in networking and maintenance of computers in schools, hospitals, dispensaries and offices.

The 120-hour training is being imparted by HCL at a cost of Rs.3.60 lakh.

He said that to match the services provided to the public by the Corporation, the civic body wanted to train its staff in computers.

Training has been provided for 85 Corporation Councillors to use computers at a cost of Rs.2.77 lakh by the Anna Institute of Management.

He said that the Personnel and Administrative Reforms Department had provided training to staff on office procedures.

Deputy Commissioner (Education) M. Balaji, Deputy Mayor R. Sathyabhama and Leader of Opposition Saidai P.Ravi participated in the function.