Use of digital technology can considerably reduce paperwork in state government departments and has immense potential to create jobs and reduce corruption, Maharashtra's School Education Minister Vinod Tawde said.
"Though we are living in a digital era, a balance should be maintained between technology and human interaction," he said after inaugurating a programme related to 'Digital Maharashtra' organised by a regional news channel here.
Tawde said Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Digital India' initiative, which entails extensive use of information technology in providing government services and also in administration, is having a positive impact in Maharashtra.Addressing the gathering, the minister said nowadays almost every work can be completed with the help of technology, but human element still remains relevant and of paramount importance.
"Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and his BJP-led government is working with complete transparency by using digital technology. We have minimised paperwork in most of the departments. Several jobs related to common people are easily available with a single click (of computer or mobile phone). We have created a technology-led and people-centric system under the Digital Maharashtra Project," he said.
Tawde also said that the state was considering to end the need of having a physical copy of 7/12 extract (an important land title document). "When any department asks for 7/12 extract from people, it opens the gate for corruption and we want to stop corruption," he said.
Praising state's Right to Service Act, Tawde said, "We have included 120 various services within RTS Act.It will help common people get various certificates and records within a stipulated period. We are considering to bring these 120 services online so that people can access it from anywhere." 'Digital Maharashtra' will create employment and the state will move ahead with transparency, he added.