The state has already partially approved the proposal. The RTO has approached the National Informatics Centre (NIC) for creating a back-up of all data and updating it regularly.
“We have talked to the NIC officials. The proposal is in the final stage and it will be approved in a few days,” Regional Transport Officer Arun Yeola said. “Every day the RTO collects and stores information about licences, vehicle registration details, permits and fitness certificates of commercial vehicles. At the end of the week we will send all the information to NIC which will help us keep a back-up in case of an emergency.”
NIC is a premier government institution established in 1976 to provide e-government and e-governance solutions. While the back-up will be created for digitalised data, there still remains a question mark on what is to be done with the large amount of data from the past that is stored in the form of hard copies at the RTO. According to RTO officials, currently digitalised records of 20 lakh vehicles, including 1.5 lakh commercial vehicles, and 10.80 lakh licences exist. Every day around 500 to 700 vehicles get registered at the RTO.
The digitalisation of the RTO had taken place in 1993. All data since then is on computers, but pre-1993 data remains stored in the form of hard copies and this has not yet been quantified. “These hard copies are stored in very bad conditions,” a senior officer of RTO said. “This data is very large compared to the soft copies. Many times we have sent a
proposal to the Transport Commissioner to digitalise these hard copies, but no action has followed. We hope that after the Mantralaya incident the state government becomes serious about data.”