Guwahati: The lockdown and efforts of minimizing human/physical contacts in the workplace have pushed up the digital platform usage of the North Frontier Railway (NFR) replacing the manual filing system. The number of digital files of North frontier Railway offices on the NIC e office platform, implemented by RailTel, has increased approx. 4.5 times during the past four months (April-July 2020).
Before lockdown end, the number of e-files generated by NFR was5207, and by the end of July, the number of e files created by users of NFR has increased to 24057. The number of e-receipts generated by users of NFR has also increased by approx. 4 times during this period. Also, 1478 new e-office users were registered during this period.
RailTel, a Miniratna PSU under Ministry of Railways, is implementing the NIC e-office suite for Indian Railways in a phased manner. All over IR, currently, there are 104332 users in 106 units of Indian Railways (Zone HQ, Divisions, PU, CTI, etc) and as on 31.7.2020 a total number of 1655748 e receipts and 547681 e files had been created.
With the usage of digital filing increasing rapidly, North Frontier Railway is in a fast track of adapting paperless office culture which will not only save operational costs but also reduce the carbon footprint.
Due to the availability of e-office, the majority of file work in North Frontier Railway now can continue smoothly without a physical presence in offices which is a boon in a time of crisis. RailTel has also provided Virtual Private Network connections to Railway officials for enabling them to process the file works remotely. Quick disposal of files and systematic, timely monitoring of pending files are some of the other immediate advantages of NIC e Office.