Odisha Excise Department has bagged the 20th Computer Society of India-Special Interest Group (CSI-SIG) e-Governance Award for its 5T-driven eAbkari computerization initiative.
In a special ceremony held on Saturday at Delhi Technology University, Ashish Kumar Singh, Excise Commissioner, Odisha and Nihar Ranjan Biswal, Senior Technical Director, NIC, Bhubaneswar have received the prestigious award on behalf of Excise Department from an eminent panel of jurist consisting of scientist and technocrats of the Computer Society of India.
The Award has been presented to Excise Department for computerization and IT initiatives.
It is pertinent to mention that in tune with 5T initiatives of the Odisha Government, Excise Department has switched over to the digital work place “eAbkari” with the technical support of NIC since 2019-20 developing and implementing more than 40 online modules like e-Lottery, Instant issue & renewal of Excise Licenses, Brand Label Registrations with 100% online payment, DPR, CCIS, SIR and mobile app development for tracking of raid spots and excise shops etc. as on date bringing transparent, hassles free, real time, seamless and timely service delivery eliminating physical touch points, reducing discretion and providing faceless service at door steps. This has led to proper monitoring and strengthening of enforcement activities, curbing of illicit & spurious liquor, timely service delivery at different levels, proper supply chain management with regulation of production and manufacture and above all, change of public perception and transformation in the Department.
This year the Excise Department has bagged two more prestigious award at national level besides the CSI-SIG E-Governance award.
The Department had received Digital India Gold Award for digital initiatives for ease of doing business through eAbkari. Sushil Kumar Lohani, Ex-Principal Secretary to Govt., Excise Department and Ashish Kumar Singh, Excise Commissioner received the award for from Hon’ble President of India on 7th February, 2023.
The Department was honoured with SKOCH Group Silver Award for the ICT Intervention in the Department at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi on 25th December, 2022.
The use of IT initiatives have led to proper monitoring and strengthening of enforcement activities and transparency in the Department.