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  • 08 December, 2022

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First E-Collectorate In Bihar

First E-Collectorate In Bihar

In an effort to reduce the Great Indian Red Tape, Saharsa became the first district in Bihar to be designated an electronic office (e-office).

What is an e-Office Initiative?

  • The e-office idea dates back to 2009, but the enormous amounts of paper were and continue to be a barrier.
  • In 2012, Idukki in Kerala and Hyderabad went paperless.
  • By enhancing the workflow system and office procedure manuals, it seeks to considerably increase the operational effectiveness of Government Ministries and Departments.

What is red tape?

  • It is a sarcastic phrase for overly stringent adherence to formal rules or excessive regulation that is viewed as unnecessary or bureaucratic and obstructs action or decision-making.
  • Although the government is typically the target, other organisations like corporations may also be affected.
  • It typically entails filling out ostensibly pointless paperwork, obtaining unnecessary permits, having many persons or committees approve a choice, and various low-level regulations that slow down and/or make it more difficult to conduct one's affairs.

What Effects Does Red Tapism Have?

Cost of Doing Business Has Increased:

  • Red tape hinders productivity and creativity in firms in addition to costing time and money to complete out paperwork.
  • This places a heavy burden on small enterprises in particular and deters potential entrepreneurs.

Poor leadership:

  • Red tape causes inconsistent contract enforcement, slows down administrative processes, and delays in justice, especially for the poor. Many people are unable to exercise their rights because of the burden of red tape requirements because of slow government and slow distribution of assistance programmes.

Citizen Unhappiness:

  • The cost of and delays brought on by government procedures continue to be sources of discontent among citizens. Most of the time, red tape makes people lose faith in the government's procedures, leaving residents with unresolved issues.

Delay in Scheme Implementation:

  • Every new government initiative is met with bureaucracy, which ultimately destroys the bigger goal for which it was launched.
  • Red tape difficulties include inadequate supervision, a delay in the transfer of cash, and others.


  • A World Bank study found that the amount of red tape boosts corruption.
  • Bureaucracy encourages corruption and stunts progress by making daily corporate operations more difficult.

Why is it necessary to reduce red tape?

Add Effectiveness:

  • Efficiency, transparency, and accountability can all be improved with digitization.

Enhanced Worker Productivity:

  • Since files are handled within a day, it has enhanced worker productivity and decreased the number of workers needed to process one file.
  • According to the government system, policies are implemented more quickly the faster a file passes through the system.

Integrate accountability

  • Additionally, the internet approach has increased responsibility because staff employees can no longer keep files for days on end.

A Step in the Right Direction:

  • Technology is the first step toward effective leadership and a system devoid of corruption.
  • Our ability to deliver services to the general population will improve as we deploy more technology.

Way Forward

  • A holistic and integrated approach from government ministries is required when planning from the bottom up using separate urban-rural level socio-economic databases. This approach should include identifying, assessing, formulating, implementing, and correcting data-driven policies to meet the population's needs as soon as possible.
  • All levels of government need to be transformed by e-government, but local governments should receive special attention because they are the closest to the people and their primary point of contact with the state and federal governments for many.
  • Better internet connectivity should go hand in hand with improving digital infrastructure, especially in rural regions.
  • For countries like India, whose citizens come from many linguistic origins, e-government through regional languages is highly beneficial.

Source: The Indian Express

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