All meeting intimations and information in all departments in Mantralaya, the Maharashtra government’s headquarters, will now only be on e-mail. This is expected to save the several thousand sheets of paper that are used by the 33-odd departments in the building. Chief Minister Ashok Chavan sent out an order on the first working day of the new government, saying all such communication will now only happen online, with no use of paper. The rule was first kicked off in his own office, which sends out meeting intimations only on e-mail. In July, he shot off a request to all Mantralaya officials and ministers asking them to check their official e-mails for meeting notices and important correspondence, in an effort to move towards a paperless office. But this was not taken very seriously, so the request has now become an order. A government resolution (GR) issued on November 9, says all meeting intimations and information have been sent out on paper, but in addition to wasting time and paper, many times these written messages do not even reach the person they are intended for. The GR adds that such intimation sent by e-mail must be the final intimation, and any written communication in addition to this will not be required. Bureau report NMTV News.
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