Monitoring unit to come up for innovations in public service

Bhubaneswar: The State government will set up an Innovation Project Monitoring Unit under State Innovation Council to foster the environment of innovation, document the best practices, and facilitate their replication and upscaling.

The direction to this effect came at a high-level meeting on ‘Innovations in Public Systems’ held in the secretariat today. Stressing on innovative practices in delivery of public services and running of public systems, chief secretary G.C. Pati asked principal secretary (General Administration) Niten Chandra to take necessary steps towards constitution of IPMU.

D. Chakrapani from Centre for Innovations in Public Systems, Hyderabad, A.K. Tripathy, director-general of Gopabandhu Academy of Administration, Bhubaneswar, presented various innovative practices from different States in field of primary education, higher education, health services, urban and bio-waste management.

Experts present in the meeting opined that Odisha is in the forefront of IT application in public services. Different departments have also adopted various good practices and IT innovations. The innovative practices regarding bio-digester (disposal of bio-waste), eco-san toilets (preparation of fertilizer from bio-waste), rural medical practices, eye care, urban governance, quality assurance in school education, IT schools, etc. were presented and discussed in the meeting.

Experience of Odisha in some of these areas was also shared with the experts. Reviewing the progress in these matters, Pati directed the departments to strengthen the technological drives, ensure maintenance of equipment and fix responsibility for non-maintenance.

He also advised various public authorities to develop and hoist their own websites with citizens’ interface and crowd sourcing systems to catch good practices.

Odisha constituted the Innovation Council with prime objectives of fostering innovation culture, harnessing creative potential in the State and promoting conducive atmosphere for innovation in various sectors. The council has so far prepared schemes like awards for successful innovations, financial assistance to innovative projects and their implementation.

Incubation centres for the innovative schemes have been proposed at five places – IIT-Bhubaneswar, CET-Bhubaneswar, Berhampur University, VSSUT-Burla and NIT-Rourkela. These institutes have been asked to formulate proposals for innovation and incubation centres.

Four sub-committees have been constituted for formulating innovative proposals in various sectors. These panels are on agriculture and food processing under the chairmanship of principal secretary (Agriculture), health under the AIIMS director, education under the principal secretary (Higher Education) and secretary (School & Mass Education) and social sector covering areas like water, sanitation, energy and e-governance under the secretary (Housing & Urban Development).

The council has also formulated the draft Innovation Policy for Odisha. The council members have been asked to send their inputs to Planning & Coordination department by the end of this month. Pati has asked the sub-committees to come up with specific innovative projects on how to apply available research results in improving good governance and delivery of services.