In a bid to bring in more automation and efficacy in the functioning of the state Public Relations department, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday virtually launched a mobile application ‘DigiNest’, to give people digital access to the state government’s directory that can be synced with a smartphone at the click of a button.
The CM also rolled out an online Punjab Advertisement Release Order System to bring transparency and efficiency in the entire process of releasing the state government’s advertisements and payments to media houses. The system, he said, would help streamline the process of issuance of advertisements and the release of payments.
He said that these two initiatives would be instrumental in creating synergy between the PR department and the concerned stakeholders, especially the common people.
“Coming on the heels of the recently launched `PR Insight’, they would further help the Information and Public Relations Department, which is the brains behind `DigiNest’ to achieve new heights in the sphere of digitalisation,” he added.
Previously, the CM had launched a mobile application and web portal ‘PR Insight’ to monitor the feedback, and subsequently improve the delivery of citizen-centric services to ensure responsive and transparent administration in the state.
‘DigiNest’ will enable citizens to check department-wise contact numbers of various officers, and help them reach out with ease to the officers by calling or sending e-mail. The employees of the Punjab Government can also log into the app using their HRMS credentials and can keep themselves updated about superannuation and birthday dates of their fellow employees to send greetings.
Further, the option of taking notes by typing in the app or by using stylus, has also been provided.
The online Release Order System would put an end to the manual process of submission of advertisement requests/indents, as well as manual bill submissions, by client organisations. The process would save time and bring transparency, besides ensuring real-time tracking of release orders by various departments.