Rohit Kansal – Reader of Kashmir
Reviews IT interventions, emphasizes the importance of cybersecurity
SRINAGAR: The Power Development department will soon put its entire inspection and certification process online.
This was revealed by the principal secretary of the Department of Energy Development, Rohit Kansal, in a meeting today.
Kansal was chairing a meeting to review the progress of various IT projects underway for increasing the energy sector and strengthening the IT and communications divisions of J&K PDD here at the Civil Secretariat.
The meeting was attended by the Managing Director of Kashmir Power Distribution Corporation Limited (KPDCL), Basharat Qayoom; Technical Secretary (PDD), Bashir Ahmad Dar; Finance Director (PDD), Mr. Sultan Malik; chief distribution engineer Ajaz Ahmad; Chief Project Engineer, Javid Ahmad and IT Division Executive Engineer (PDD), Surjeel Ghani.
The meeting was informed that private and public consumers would now be able to apply online for inspections and that required payments and delivery of inspection certificates would also be online.
The website was already being tested by the Inspections Wing in Jammu and the same would be officially launched soon, the meeting was informed.
The meeting also discussed various aspects and issues related to IT implementation in JKPDD, status and progress made for various ongoing projects such as SCADA / DMS, RT-DAS under various centrally sponsored programs such as RAPDRP and smart meters, in addition to customer service and call center.
The principal secretary also mentioned the measures needed to improve the ease of doing business and said that important customer-centric issues such as new connections, name change, bill payment and other similar activities should move entirely online.
The principal secretary urged the engineers to speed up the execution of the projects. He reminded them of the upcoming deadlines for projects such as SCADA and RTDAS and urged them to ask suppliers and contractors to deliver the projects on time. He made special reference to the call center and insisted that XEN IT should ensure prompt elimination of complaints from the public reported through the call center.
While speaking on the occasion, the Principal Secretary observed that with the increasing intelligence of various power system equipment, the challenges on the cybersecurity front are also increasing and protecting power related equipment and systems against the threat of cyberattack is now an important task.
He said that it is now extremely important that all utilities as well as Transcos and Gencos are constantly on the alert for any cyberthreats.
He said it is desirable to hook up with appropriate countermeasures to improve and increase the safety of electrical systems and equipment.
He also called on the officers concerned to perform a security audit of the websites keeping in mind their vulnerability to online security threats.