Digitised transport department soon
The process of automation and digitisation will be kicked up a notch in State Transport department for a better public interface. This was decided during the departmental review meeting chaired by Transport Minister CP Singh.
The RTA and STA offices are yet to get a digital face, but this will be changed soon.
“In the absence of an online portal, people find it difficult to access the information, which can be provided by RTA and STA offices. With making the same available on the internet, both transparency and relief to public can be achieved. Like, people can see what contracts, we have entered with transport authorities from other States, what are the details of their transport facilities, etc,” stated Transport Secretary Ratan Kumar.
Soon, the transport department will be sending the requirements for this to NIC. Also, driving licence smart card will be made common throughout the State soon, Kumar said
“We are yet to cover the entire State in regard to smart card, but we will be starting work in this direction. IDFC, the consultancy firm working with us for this has completed research, and the findings will be published next week. After that we will be entering the e-tendering process for issuing smart cards in all 24 districts of the state,” he said.
He further added, “As of now, written tests for issuing driver’s licence cannot be conducted due certain reasons, but we will be conducting these tests in online format soon. These online tests can be taken at DTO offices and the licence will be issued there itself. With this, we can easily determine the level of knowledge regarding traffic rules an applicant possess.”
In this regard, Transport Minister Singh instructed that a SMS should be sent to the applicants’ mobile phone.