Government of India’s vision of Digital India aims to transform digital infrastructure as a utility for governance. This initiative help Citizens in getting effective Governance by reducing the redundant process and providing better transparency in Governance.
The Digital India initiative contributes to nation’s growth and development by bringing in technology interventions across the key areas where every citizen has access.
Digital India initiative faces tremendous challenges in implementation of e-governance solutions across different departments, this includes the digitization of existing information, adapting to technology based workflow management etc.
Experience of implementation partners in similar projects is one of the major challenges faced by Government. Lack of understanding of day-to-day functions of Government departments and the governance process can create more confusions among citizens and can create a reluctance to use the digital platform.
To tackle these challenges and ensure a digitally well-connected India Government is taking necessary steps, including validating implementation partners based on past experience in similar projects, educating and motivating citizens to use technology in day-to-day life etc.
A major measure taken by Government is to revise the traditional paper based workflow at legislative assembly to a digital ecosystem. This initiative will familiarize the benefits of technology in governance and encourage the legislative members to spread the benefits of technology through their constituency.
Himachal Pradesh Legislative assembly is country’s first legislative assembly who had transformed to a digital platform through e-Vidhan solution and has successfully completed all the sessions including budget session digitally .
In line with this transformation, e-Vidhan has offered mobile applications to Legislative members, enabling them to access information on the day’s business instantaneously. Through the mobile applications, Legislative members get a totally new opportunity to interact digitally with electorate and officials to handle the grievances of the public. Further, the members can access any data related to the development activities in the constituencies, thereby making eVidhan a complete ecosystem for Constituency Management.
eVidhan project is first of its kind in India and was developed as a joint venture between the Himachal Pradesh State Legislative Assembly, National Informatics Centre, National Informatics Centre Services Incorporated (NICSI), Government of Himachal Pradesh along with SBL.
eVidhan Project was Awarded the Civil Service Award – 2015 by the Himachal Pradesh Government for the transformation it had brought in Legislative proceedings, operational cost savings & its contribution to environment.
Successful implementation of e-Governance solution at Himachal Legislative Assembly has got attention from other Legislative assemblies across India and are moving forward to implement same, encouraging digital ecosystem at all levels of Governance.
ISO Accredited Technology company, SBL, wins another customer for its Testing Automation Framework Service.
Sitting within the over-arching Technology division, SBL has built up a Centre of Excellence for Testing. This centre has the expertise, flexibility and resource to operate in different capacities based on the clients’ requirements: on the one hand it functions as a support to larger IT projects; on the other it operates as a standalone testing service, where external testing or the creation of automated testing frameworks is all that the client needs.
An area of particular strength is in Mobile app test automation. This is still a specialist service, not least because there are multiple automation tools and frameworks available in the market for iOS, Android, Windows Mobile and Blackberry applications. To assemble a permanent in-house team that is expert in all of these options is difficult, time-consuming and expensive for our clients, which is why our on-demand resource pool is such a popular option. For some projects, engaging our team for manual testing is the best solution; however it is worth bearing in mind the potential cost savings of asking us to build an automated testing framework instead.
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SBL is proud to be a part of the eVidhan project along with Himachal, Vidan sabha, NIC and NICSI. This seems to be the highest civil award in Himachal Pradesh. The award was presented to the Secretary of Vidhan Sabha in a ceremony at Chamba.
On 16th April 2015, UK companies will have the opportunity to observe SBL’s ISO Accredited Services in person.
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Shimla, 30 March 2015
Yet another proud moment for SBL’s technology division. Being India’s first paperless legislative assembly, the Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha launched another technological initiative inline with the e-Vidhan project. A mobile app, to equip MLAs and ministers with information on their android phones and tablets to facilitate smart-working is launched on 30th of March 2015..
e-Vidhan mobile app provides all necessary information about the day’s business to the Legislative Members & journalists. The information can be accessed by MLA’s 45 minutes before the question hours on android devices. MLAs will be provided the information of the entire proceedings of the House in the digital form on their mobile sets and tablets immediately after end of the day’s work.
Shri.Virbhadra Singh, the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh had launched the e-Vidhan mobile application for Legislative Members on 30 March 2015.
On the keynote speech Speaker Shri.B B L Butail, highlighted the cost and time saving features of the e-Vidhan mobile App and appreciated the efforts by Himachal PradeshVidhan Sabha, Himachal Pradesh Government, NIC, NICSI & SBL in the success of e-Vidhan Project.
Key features of Mobile App
- Information about the day’s business can be accessed by the MLA’s 45 minutes before the question hours.
- The bills introduced or laid for discussion will also be made available to the members.
- The reports laid in the house by the committees, information about government notification, budget speech and salary and perks’ drawn by members could be view on the apps.
- It will give notifications of the Vidhan Sabha’s press releases, bulletins, budget speeches, documents and the bills tabled in the House.
- The ministers who have to reply to the House, can seek supplementary replies on their mobiles from the administrative secretaries.
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Shimla | 21-March- 2015
Budget session at Himachal Pradesh Assembly was different from what it used to be. The e-Vidhan project, commissioned in the last monsoon session launched on (August 4 2014), transformed the session as country’s first web-based paperless budget session.
During the month-long budget session that began on March 11, the not-so tech-savvy members were seen busy in tapping their fingers on their desktop computers.
Soon after the chief minister announced the schemes and incentives in his budget speech, the members were busy in scrolling down to see the entire text of the speech and view the budget related books. Members had the provision to search the earlier budgets for making any references.
e-Vidhan reduced the printing cost of the Budget documents drastically by availing the digital copies of Budget speech and related documents on the internet immediately after the speech is completed by CM.
Governor Kalyan Singh, in his inaugural address, said the digitalisation of the assembly proceedings, ensures paperless work of the house and its committees, would not only save approximately Rs.15 crore but also the environment.
In his budget speech, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, said the e-Vidhan system, which has helped in saving a huge quantity of paper has been lauded all over the country.
Speaker BBL Butail said, for the first time, all copies of bills and reports were laid online and from the next session all replies to questions would only be provided online.
The e-Vidhan project was developed as a joint venture between the Himachal Pradesh State Legislative Assembly, National Informatics Centre Services Incorporated (NICSI) and the Government of Himachal Pradesh which was sanctioned by Department of Electronics & Information Technology of India.
Based on the track record in implementing similar projects in government and public sectors, NICSI selected SBL as Associate Partner for the development and implementation of the entire system. With a reputation for intelligent, efficient and highly-organized development and project-management skills, SBL’s technology division has successfully developed and implemented the entire system within the guidelines of NICSI and is proud to be associated with the first ever hi-tech legislative house in India.
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Himachal Pradesh is set to become the country’s first state to present a ‘paperless’ budget on March 11. Since the state already has the country’s first green assembly, all documents related to budget estimates would be made available online and only around 10 budget copies would be printed for record.
Earlier, around 200 copies along with huge volumes of other documents used to be published during the budget session. Running the proceedings on e-Vidhan would save the state exchequer Rs 15 crore annually.
SBL, Associate Partner for the development and implementation of e-Vidhan system is proud to be part of the first ever paperless budget session in India.