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The technology was available and it was for the Governments to make most use of it to make the entire process of elections more participative.
Telangana IT Minister K.T. Rama Rao said the time has come for the nation to think of introducing online voting to ensure maximum participation in the electoral process.
Mr. Rao, who was addressing the chairmen of Public Service Commissions from all over the country here on Thursday made these remakrs in the light of Hyderabad registering just 45 per cent polling in the recently held elections to the Greater Hyderabd Municipal Corporation.
He said the technology was available and it was for the Governments to make most use of it to make the entire process of elections more participative. The Central Government should seriously think of introducing this at least in the urban polls where the polling average was always low and urban voters had access to technology to participarte in the online polling.
Mr. Rao suggested that the time frame of all the exams could be reduced drastically using technology and suggested to UPSC Chairman Deepak Gupta, who was present at the conference, to bring technology to the youngsters by conducting all the exams online. When GRE and TOEFL can be taken by students across the world online why can’t we offer such facility to our students about indian competitive exams was his argument.
Complimenting the Telangana State Public Service Commission (TSPSC) for successfully conducting online exams for several engineering recruitments, he said that the effort was worth emulating by the other PSCs in the country.
Mr. Rao also promised to give solutions to the challenges that the UPASC and other PSCs encounter in the exams through the “T Huib” that provides the startups to work on their ideas. Our T Hub has the capacity to give solutions to the problems you face and we are ready to assist you in this area”, he promised the PSC chairman participating in the two-day conference.
Earlier, the UPSC Chairman said that the UPSC had gone for online applications handling more than 3.3 million it receives yearly and which was likely to go up in the future. He said that adopting the technology the UPSC could give the Civil Services results within four days of completion of interviews. He said Computer Based Test (CBT) was the only way forward and introducing ICT the Commission had reduced the processing time of the UPSC direct recruitments to 209 days from 269 days.
The TSPSC Chairman, Ghanta Chakrapani said despite being the youngest PSC in the country they took to technology and successfully conducted CBT for its recruitments so far. At a time we could conduct online tsts for 30,000 candidates, he said. K.S. Tomar, Chairman, Standing Committee of PSCs also spoke.
From: The Hindu