Jammu: The government on Monday admitted that it has failed to complete Rs 3.5 Cr e-Assembly project sanctioned three years back in 2014.
In a written reply to National Conference leader and legislator, Pahalgam Altaf Ahmad Wani, the government said that the main software for the project was imported from the assembly of Rajasthan however its customization with the legislative council took time as the Rajasthan legislature was unicameral in nature.
The government said that under the project it aims to bring in web software application; mobile application; Wi-Fi setup in both houses of J&K legislature; use of hardware like smart tabs, scanners, Digital Signatures, UTM (Firewall) so that the dependence on papers could be reduced and the process of the assembly could be speeded up.
However, the government admitted that the NIC which had imported the software from Rajasthan has been encountering technical issues because of which the main software they developed couldn’t integrate the workflow of the houses in the software.
The reply states that both the houses in the Kashmir and Jammu divisions have been made Wi-Fi enabled now.
The government also revealed that out of the Rs 3.5 crores for the project, Rs 91lakh have been spent on Wi-Fi setup while 67 lakhs have been spent on System Integration.
“Rs 3 lakh have been spent on setting up digital signatures, Rs 6 lakh have been spent on Administrative and Contingency Charges while another Rs 6 lakh have been spent under Other Charges,” the government reply reads.
The government also stated that it owes Rs 88 lakh as committed liability under the project and Rs 89 lakhs have been spent on procuring Smart Devices/Scanner/iPads.