DG, NIC reviewed pan-India NIC activities during COVID-19 Lockdown in India
A video conference meeting of Group Heads of National Informatics Centre (NIC) was held on 1st May 2020 under the chairmanship of Dr. Neeta Verma, Director General, NIC. The VC meeting centred at its head quarters in New Delhi was facilitated using the ‘Vidyo VC’, the video conferencing services of NIC keeping the norms of social distancing and government guidelines.
With the objective of reviewing the important activities of NIC during the COVID-19 Lockdown situation, the meeting started with appreciation to all NIC officers and NIC outsourced support staff who are contributing beyond their routine work and rendering ICT services. These officers and support staff of the Centre, States and Districts have been relentlessly working despite challenges due to the on-going Lock-down across the country. NIC’s various administrative, financial and service support sections who worked tirelessly for the activities of financial year closing were specially praised during the occasion.
During the meeting, all the head of groups made their brief presentations on the activities respective to their work domain. NIC has been on the limelight due to the hard work and tireless efforts put in for Aarogya Setu, the COVID-19 App built for mapping the contacts of users by analysing GPS data, so that contact tracing becomes easy if a user gets infected. The NIC team worked on the App development was applauded for their efforts for making it a big success. Shri Prashant Mittal, Managing Dirctor, NICSI appraised about the Prayas initiatives during the Lockdown period.
One of the key action points emerged during the meeting was on using Lockdown situation as an opportunity for involving in useful activities such as enhancing products through rewriting modules, documentation of products and services, capacity building, preparation of manuals, creating presentations and various collaborative initiatives.
Necessary priority action for clearing pending bills and pending payments of manpower deployed for various projects and services was another point of action. Another point was ensuring continuous following up and participating in social media platforms regarding NIC’s activities in general and specially the efforts for controlling the pandemic.
The meeting ended with the DG thanking all the participant officers and cheered them to continue their unstinted efforts and endurance.