In a significant leap towards a more technologically advanced and environmentally responsible governance system, Tripura Chief Minister Manik Saha recently introduced the state’s e-cabinet system. This move positions Tripura as the fourth Indian state, and the second in the Northeast region, to adopt an e-cabinet system after Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, and Arunachal Pradesh. The introduction of this system signifies a commitment to paperless cabinet meetings, reducing the carbon footprint and promoting environmental sustainability through the use of digital tablets by ministers and bureaucrats.
Paperless Cabinet Meetings: A Leap Towards Sustainability
The launch of the e-cabinet system marks a substantial shift towards digital governance in Tripura. All future cabinet meetings in the state will be conducted in a paperless manner, aligning with global efforts to reduce environmental degradation. This transition not only demonstrates the state’s commitment to eco-friendliness but also reflects its readiness to embrace modern technology for more efficient governance.
Inaugural Event and App Launch
The inaugural event took place at the new Secretariat complex and was attended by all ministers of the state. Chief Minister Manik Saha launched the application that will serve as the platform for the e-cabinet meetings, marking a significant milestone in Tripura’s digital transformation journey.
Key Decision in Debut E-Cabinet Meeting
During the debut e-cabinet meeting, the government approved a proposal to procure a loan of Rs 160 crore from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The ADB has previously provided soft loans with low-interest rates to the government and collaborated on several developmental projects. The new ADB fund is earmarked for use by the tourism and urban development department, with the primary goal of enhancing infrastructure and promoting sustainable livelihood generation.
Following Uttarakhand’s Model
Chief Minister Saha shared that the e-cabinet system in Tripura is modeled after the successful implementation in Uttarakhand. The launch of the system was made possible through collaboration between the National Informatics Centre and the state’s information and cultural affairs department.
Boosting Governance Through Digitization
Chief Minister Saha emphasized that digitization would play a pivotal role in strengthening e-governance in Tripura and aligning the state’s development trajectory with the national Digital India initiative. This shift is expected to enhance transparency, efficiency, and accountability in government operations.
E-Cabinet App Features
The e-cabinet app features functionalities that streamline the submission and approval of cabinet memos. Documents can be easily uploaded and marked with date and time, enabling ministers, the chief secretary, secretaries, and other officials to review and approve them online. Chief Minister Saha reassured that the application includes robust privacy protection safeguards, ensuring the confidentiality of sensitive government information. This transition is poised to eliminate the delays caused by physical document movement and infuse dynamism into the government’s decision-making process.
A Commitment to Digital India
The Tripura government has been actively pursuing the goal of digitizing public service platforms, and earlier introduced e-file and office systems in line with the Digital India campaign. This commitment extends to all possible avenues of public service, as the government has rolled out honorary commendations to departments that have successfully embraced paperless operations. Out of 94 government departments currently undergoing training for paperless operations, 41 received commendations as part of the state’s drive toward 100% e-office adoption.