New Delhi: Even as councillors of the BJP-ruled Municipal Corporation of Delhi were lashed with laptops and the e-governance project is going to be pressed into action shortly, the representatives of MCD are reluctant to step into the working mode owing to the lack of their technical know-how.

The councillors seemed to be not much keen on the implementation of e-governance when Information Technology chief Dr RC Patnaik was highlighting the significance of turning the MCD high-tech during his address in the Standing Committee meeting held at the Civic Centre.

The councillors asked for an operator to use their laptops and reminded about their 2-year-old demand of printers. They also raised doubts about the use of English after the launching of e-governance.

According to e-governance project, birth and death certificates, process of approval of building map etc, will go online and people will find it difficult to read them in English.

“There should be minimal use of English and the software should also incorporate languages like Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi,” said BJP councillor Imran Ismail.

Congress leader Jai Kishan Sharma along with other BJP councillors said they received laptops in 2007, but they are yet to get an operator till date.

Going by this situation, how will the councillors do justice to e-governance, they voiced their concerns.

Members of the committee asked Standing Committee Chairman Yogender Chandolia to request MCD Commissioner K S Mehra to provide operators and printers so that work becomes easy after implementation of the project.

It should be noted that the MCD had planned e-governance in 2008 whereas the work began in 2010 only.

JPN/Bureau