Rajasthan plans computer training for employees

Rajasthan plans computer training for employees

Monday, 08 November 2004, 08:00 Hrs
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JAIPUR: The Rajasthan government, as part of an ambitious 650 million ($14 million) plan to computerise its administrative set-up, is to make its employees computer savvy.

As part of the training programme, lower level government employees, especially ministerial staff, would be taught to use computers in their day-to-day functioning.

According to an official of the state's information technology department, many employees had evinced eagerness to learn computers and the government had decided to hold the exercise.

He said though computerisation in the state had begun in the late 1980s, it was felt that to provide a further impetus, efforts should be made to bring lower rung employees to use computers.

The training programmes would be conducted through private training institutes at divisional headquarters. "We have now invited bids from eligible private bidders for the purpose", he added.

There are over 600,000 government employees in the state. The employees to be trained would be identified soon.

Junior level state government employees are elated by the decision.

"I am very happy that the government is trying to teach us computers. Otherwise these computers have been gathering dust for so many years," said Ram Singh, an employee.

Not Singh alone but a large chunk of employees have expressed happiness with the move.

However, there are some who are not pleased. "I don't think it would help. It is just a waste of people's money," said an employee on condition of anonymity.

As part of the computerisation programme, all the district headquarters have been connected through video-conferencing.

Source: IANS
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