Govt indecisive on future of IT professionals
Community Information Centres
Jammu, Apr 22: The State Government is yet to frame a policy for the future of 204 Information Technology (IT) professionals running Community Information Centres (CIC) established across the state in 2004.
The professionals are working on consolidated honorarium since 2004 and have completed seven years of service, a prerequisite for regularization of their services.
Sources said the project funded by MCIT, Government of India on completion of its stipulated five year period, was handed over to the state from February 2009 but the government is yet to formulate policy for the future of these educated youth.
To provide manpower CIC operators were appointed under reference: ITD-01-2003 dated 17 June 2004 of MCIT Government of India, which states that only ‘highly qualified’ technocrats including engineers and those having minimum masters degree in IT and computer science can be deemed suitable for the service.
With an outlay of Rs 40.67 crore, the CIC Centres were set up in 135 blocks of J&K in March 2004.
Two operators cum managers were appointed in each CIC on the monthly honorarium of Rs 5500.
At present about 250 youth are working in the CICs across Jammu and Kashmir.
After taking over the project the state government hiked the honorarium from Rs 5500 to Rs 10,000 for IT degree holders and Rs 8,000 for diploma holders.
A delegation of CIC Operators Association, led by its president Zia Naqshbandi recently called on the Chief Secretary (CS) and raised issues regarding regularization of their services, grade specifications and proper designations.
The delegation said it had earlier called on Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also apprising him of their demands. They said their meetings with authorities have yielded nothing except “mere assurances.”
Senior PDP leader and MLC Murtaza Ahmad Khan told Greater Kashmir that the government was “playing with the future of the highly professional youth as some of them have crossed the upper age limit fixed for government jobs.”
He said he had also raised the issue in the Legislative Council in the recently concluded ‘Budget Session’, but did not get any answer from the government.
“On the one hand government boasts of switching over to e-governance, but on the other it has failed to make better use of CICs and the professionals engaged for running these centres.”
Pertinently the CIC project was aimed to set up ICT infrastructure at the block level, to provide web access and internet services such as e-mail, market access and e-commerce facility and access to socio-economic databases to the people.
Other services offered are e-learning (computer-aided learning processes) and e-education, e-medicine, e-consulting, e-governance applications, G2C (citizen-centric) services and weather information.
It was envisaged that the CICs would create IT awareness among local people, conduct computer training programmes and disseminate tender notification and e-employment notification.
Lastupdate on : Sun, 22 Apr 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 22 Apr 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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