Kerala Chief Secretary VP Joy Thursday praised the Gujarat government’s `CM dashboard’ system and said it enables effective monitoring of the delivery of public services, an official release said.
He also visited the Vidya Samiksha Kendra, a command and control center here that monitors the performance of some 55,000 schools.
The visit of an official delegation from Kerala to BJP-ruled Gujarat has been criticized by the opposition congress and the Muslim League in Kerala.
The CM dashboard, which consists of a large screen displaying real-time data, has been set up at the official residence of Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel in Gandhinagar.
Kerala chief secretary was here to learn about good governance practices of the Gujarat government, officials said.
According to the Gujarat government release, Joy and his delegation visited the Prime Minister’s residence to understand the operation of the dashboard monitoring system. They spent almost three hours there.
Kerala’s chief secretary praised the ‘first of its kind’ initiative and said the system of direct beneficiaries feedback adds a new dimension to good governance, the press release said.
“We have come here to understand this CM dashboard initiative, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi had once suggested that we should see this system adopted by the Gujarat government for service monitoring,” Joy was quoted as saying.
Using the dashboard, the Prime Minister can oversee the implementation of various regulations and basic services such as state transportation, street lighting and drinking water supply in any part of the state.
The system unlocks data from all e-governance applications.
If necessary, the prime minister’s office can intervene by calling local officials down to the village level, the release said.
When the coronavirus pandemic was at its peak in 2021, the CMO was able to monitor the availability of hospital beds, oxygen and medicines through the dashboard, it added.
Later, the delegation visited Vidya Samiksha Kendra of the Command and Control Center for Schools in Gandhinagar, another release said.
Since Joy was “excited” about setting up a similar center in Kerala, the Gujarat government agreed to provide the software and technology, she said, adding that the delegation spent nearly an hour at the center and also with teachers spoke through the video wall system .
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited the center on April 18.
The center annually collects and analyzes data sets from 55,000 government schools.
Back in the southern state, the opposition Congress and the Muslim League have criticized state officials’ visit to Gujarat.
Kerala Congress head K Sudhakaran wanted to know on Wednesday whether the CPI(M)-led government intended to emulate the model followed in Gujarat.
The visit should be seen as part of expanding relations between the BJP and CPI(M) at the board level, he had argued.