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Software developed to monitor polls in East Garo Hills
Biplab Kr Dey
 TURA, May 30 - The recently concluded polls in Williamnagar Assembly constituency saw the first time use of a software that is the brainchild of deputy commissioner of East Garo Hills (EGH) district, Ram Kumar, which not only helped the monitoring of voting percentage but also helped ease the process of decision making.

The application, for now named as ‘E-Atlas’, is expected to also help in other sectors, including health, education amongst others by identifying areas of concern as well as bringing the same into focus of the administration.

“We always have data but making sense of it and then taking decisions based on the data available becomes a hard task. This application can help in easier decision making as it provides information of concern areas which can then be acted upon,” said Ram Kumar.

The software was developed in association with North East Space Application Centre (NESAC). The idea, however, came from the deputy commissioner.

“I wanted a software to check percentage of voting in all polling booths so that it showed us how each booth was faring and whether there are any anomalies in voting patterns. The same can help us to take instant decisions and act accordingly,” added Kumar.

Kumar initially approached the engineering team that had created the Disha software who referred him to NESAC. “I explained what I needed to them and we immediately began work on the software. The application has been ready prior to the Assembly elections and we wanted to use it for the three seats in EGH. The unfortunate demise of Jonathone N Sangma, led us to delay the pilot,” he added.

The application is expected to help in other sectors including health and education.

“Everything can be updated on the application which can then be used to push for effective measures in places that are found to be lacking,” said Kumar.

The project was funded by CEO, Meghalaya Election Commission and Director NESAC PLN Raju.

According to Kumar, the application can be used by DCs, senior government officials and even at the level of CM, if handled properly for development projects. It can also be used by Election Commission of India for polls as well for poll monitoring.

“For the Williamnagar polls, the data entry was done from the office of DC, EGH itself by technicians from NESAC. In future, we will look at even more decentralised way of data feed,” added the DC.

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