From Our Correspondent, Shillong News | Tura, April 29, 2018:
In a major achievement, the East Garo Hills district Administration has developed a software which not only helped the monitoring of voting percentage but also helped ease the process of decision making.
It may be mentioned that this software was first applied during the just concluded polls in the Williamnagar constituency.
Said to be the brainchild of the deputy commissioner of East Garo Hills, Ram Kumar, the application — ‘E-Atlas’ is expected to ease work in other sectors, including health, education amongst others by identifying areas of concern as well as bringing the same into focus of the administration for actionable.
“We always have data but making sense of it and then taking decisions based on the data available becomes a hard task. This application can help in easier decision making as it provides information of concern areas which can then be acted upon,” said Ram Kumar.
The software for the application was developed in association with the North East Space Application Centre (NESAC). The idea, however, came from the deputy commissioner.
“I wanted a software to check percentage of voting being done in all polling booths with colour codes so that it shows us how each booth was faring and there are any anomalies in voting patterns. The same can help us to take instant decisions and act accordingly,” added Kumar.
Kumar initially approached the engineering team that had created the Disha software who referred him to NESAC.
“I explained what I needed to them and we immediately began work on the software. The application has been ready prior to the Assembly elections and we wanted to use it for the 3 seats in EGH. The unfortunate demise of Jonathone N Sangma, led us to delay the pilot,” he added.
“Everything can be updated on the application which can then be used to push for effective measures in places that are found to be lacking. Supposedly the application reports say cases of dengue coming from a particular location, the same can then be used to provide healthcare to ensure those affected can be cured. Similarly with education,” said Kumar.
The project came with the support of the CEO, Meghalaya Election Commission and the Director, PLN Raju of NESAC.
“Both of them were very forthcoming with their support and the application would not be possible without their help,” acknowledged the DC.
According to Kumar, the application can be used by DCs, senior government officials and even at the level of CM, if handled properly for development projects. It can also be used by the Election Commission of India for polls as well for poll monitoring.
Many developmental parameters as and when required by DCs can be added to the application. The main point is decentralized data feeding which makes the dashboard unique.
“For the Williamnagar polls, the data entry was done from the office of the DC, EGH itself by technicians from NESAC. In future, we will look at even more decentralized way of data feed,” added the EGH DC.