Bhubaneswar:15/2/20: The Odisha government saved 700 big trees by partially switching over to paperless budgeting in 2019-20 financial year.
The digitisation had substantially reduced the printing of documents during the 2019-20 annual budget, Governor Ganeshi Lal had said during his address to the Odisha Assembly before the commencement of its budget session on Friday.
“Around 700 large trees were save due to reduced printing of about 57 lakh pages,” he said, adding that plans are afoot to completely shift to paperless budgeting.
Besides, a single-page salary bill has been introduced and pension papers are now being electronically processed through the Integrated Financial Management System (IFMS).
The Odisha Secretariat Workflow Automation System (OSWAS) has also been implemented in all the departments and directorates.
The Governor said that it is an effective method of storing, maintaining and retrieving a large volume of data with less paperwork, easy monitoring and tracking of files, instant approvals and SMS alerts as reminders for urgent documents.