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Centre sanctions US$ 150 bn to CDSCO for integrating e-governance across states with national portal

Suja Nair Shirodkar
Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

The CDSCO has initiated a plan to strengthen its e-governance initiative by embarking on linking the existing system. To step up the initiative, the government has already sanctioned US$ 150 billion for the networking and other processes involved in it, informed Dr. G N Singh, Drug Controller General of India (DCGI).

In its first phase, the CDSCO plans to integrate the e governance system adopted across various state licensing authorities (SLAs) that are running successfully throughout the country. Taking the matters ahead, the Centre already had a high profile meeting with heads of SLAs from Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Orissa etc this week in Delhi.

Dr Singh informed that the aim behind this meeting was to understand the modalities and other ground work of the e-governance system adopted in these states so that they can be emulated and adopted across other states wherein no such initiatives have been taken yet. "Our main priority is to identify and focus on weaker state that needs assistance in adopting successful IT enabled system, by providing them with technical and financial support in doing so. Apart from that we also plan to integrate and link the existing e-governance initiatives adopted across the state with our national portal so that all their records and information are made available to the general public under a single window. We are very keen to go ahead with this project at the earliest as it will not only strengthen our system but will also empower the citizens with power to get precise and prompt information from us," pointed out Dr Singh.

Dr Singh further informed that they plan to complete the whole project within a span to 6 to 9 months. The linking of the e-governance system will ensure pulling of important data from each of the states like ADR reporting; import-export data; drug distribution data; drug approval data etc to be saved on the national portal, which can be easily accessed by patients.

It is understood that Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) has already started the process of evaluating and integrating the process.

Dr H G Koshia commissioner of Gujarat FDCA said that as one of the pioneers in the e-governance initiatives in the country, his state has seen and experienced the ease of ensuring smart delivery of services to the stakeholders. "It is certainly a progressive move to adopt IT for the overall functionalities of the regulatory work as it will ensure more efficient services. Most importantly it gives opportunity for the patients and various other stakeholders to get first hand information on various regulatory decisions, without any undue delay or bureaucratic hurdles," he added.


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