STAFF REPORTER Mumbai

In a bid to eliminate the paper work and get rid from the heaps of files and shabby documents, the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority ( MHADA) would now be purchasing Samsung Tablet personal co

mputers ( Tabs) and two laptops. ” As per our earlier decision to start the mobile software task manager ( MSTM) we are purchasing these machines for all the head of the departments so that they could work on these tabs which would be tech savvy as well as easy to carry” said a MHADA official requesting anonymity.

MHADA has called for tenders from experienced companies to provide 104 Samsung tabs and 2 Acer laptops.

The cost of one tab as per the requirements of MHADA is Rs 32,500 while the laptop costs around Rs 35,000. As a result of this MHADA would be spending around Rs 34 lakhs for making the proceedings of MHADA technologically advanced. MHADAs notice states their requirement as, ” the companies applying for the tenders should have at least one office in Maharashtra and should not have been blacklisted by any other government department.

It should also have a profit in the last three years”. Currently MHADA has appointed a company to prepare a software that would enable the MHADA officials to remind others and their subordinates about the tasks that are assigned to them and needed to be completed.

Earlier MHADA Vice President Satish Gavai had said that the process would also increase the efficiency and transparency of MHADA. However one of the major challenges that would have to be overcome would be the Marathi language usage in the tablets. Majority of the interaction would be in Marathi language and a Unicode font reader would have to be installed in the tablets.

” Generally there is a tendency that once the task is assigned, no one bothers to cross check, but through this system the assignee and the person who has been assigned the task would be getting constant reminders,” an official said .

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