Digitisation of service books will benefit employees: Minister

STAFF REPORTER/DIPR IMPHAL, 12th Mar: Education minister Thokchom Radheshyam on Monday said digitisation of service books for employees is a must for ensuring smooth functioning of the government departments and timely facilitation of benefits as well as to carry out and fulfill promotional necessities, as service books are the footprint of the employees.
He was speaking at the launch function of digitisation of Service Books for employees of education (S) department, school shoes fund and 'Sanaminashi' scheme held at Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) office, Babupara, here Monday.
The minister said that teacher is one of the most important components of education. However, there are many problems related to teachers especially during the time of promotion due to failure in submission of service book citing misplacement or loss as reason. As such, digitisation of service book is the need of hour to address these issues. Maintaining service books in digital format by centralising them will help prepare proper list of seniority, retiring teachers/officials and other necessary requirement for carrying out the needful actions in time.
As assured earlier, the government will return back the service books to the respective employees after scanning them, Radheshyam said while appealing to the officials and teachers from hill districts to extend their support in fulfilling the project. He further said that digitisation of service books will help in maintaining the account of retiring teachers one year ahead of the superannuation of service and identify the vacant post available in the department that needs to be filled up.
The department’s initiative to digitise and further computerise service books is to assist the employees in re-construction of service books, timely settlement of pension and other retirement benefits, maintain regular and uniform updating of records, check manipulation/tampering of records, impersonation among others issues, he continued.
On the other hand, he said, Sanaminashi, an initiative to launch a toy bank especially for primary schools, is to ignite the interest of children in study by encouraging them to come to school. Sanaminashi will be carried out by collecting toys through a campaign, including the used ones which are still in good condition. Collected toys would be handed over to the director, education (S) for further distribution to different schools. This project will also focus on promoting indigenous games of the state, the minister explained.

The school shoes fund, initiated by the department, is to provide school shoes free of cost to students as the central sponsored scheme SSA does not include provision for providing shoes to students. Campaign and implementation of the two initiatives will start immediately, Radheshyam said, while urging all for voluntary donations to make the initiative successful.
Principal secretary education (S) Vineet Joshi, education (S) director Th Kirankumar, Council of Higher Secondary Education Manipur chairman M Mahendra, SCERT director M Meenakumari, officials of education department, teachers and students of different schools also attended the event.

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