Should there be a separate cadre for IT professionals?


Samir Sachdeva | March 11, 2010

The Haryana finance minister in his budget speech Wednesday has announced that the state proposes to create a cadre for IT professionals for smooth implementation and sustenance of e-governance initiatives.

Currently, majority of the states are either hiring professionals on contract on rolls of their e-governance / IT societies or are employing consulting organisations to establish state e-mission teams (SeMT).

At the centre, the department of information technology has hired services of IL&FS for the common service centre (CSC) project, and the National Institute for Smart Government (NISG) for establishing the e-Governance Programme Management Unit (EGPMU). Now the department plans to form a National e-Governance Division (NeGD) under its society Media Lab Asia.

The UID Authority of India plans to recruit individuals through NISG as done by various other central government departments implementing the mission mode projects (MMPs) under the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP).

The contractual employees on rolls of private organisations do not come under the preview of the RTI Act,  Officials Secrets Act and also do not enjoy the job protection under the article 311 of the constitution.

Under such circumstances, should we not have a separate cadre for IT services for e-governance projects as proposed by Haryana?




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