JAMMU: In boosting transparency and accountability in the functioning of rural development, Department of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj (RDD&PR), J&K on Saturday launched SECURE software in Jammu.
SECURE was launched at a daylong workshop organised by the RDD & PR at Panchayat Bhawan, Rail Head Complex, Jammu.
Secretary, Rural Development Department & Panchayati Raj, Sheetal Nanda who inaugurated the workshop termed the launch of SECURE ‘a major landmark’ in ushering in transparency, an official release read.
Remarking that in this digital era, everything should be available to public in just a click, secretary RDD said “SECURE will lead to transparent dealings by ensuring that estimates of the materials needed for a project are not inflated”.
SECURE (Software of Estimate Calculation Using Rural Rates for Employment) software has been launched as a pilot project in Jammu district and would later be extended to all the districts of Jammu and Kashmir, it read.
Through SECURE software the department has taken steps to standardise the estimates to bring uniformity in cost norms, minimise leakages and improve quality of works through detailing of technical specifications. “Significantly, the wrong classification of items into material will be eliminated by this software,” the official release read.