Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) on Monday launched e-office by digitising more than 12,000 files, a step which will help provide transparent, efficient and time-bound services to the public.

In the new system, a file will take only four to five days for processing as compared to 30-40 days earlier and it will also be possible to locate the point at which it is held up.

"The data of all the files of the ministry has been digitised and the entire file movement is now taking place electronically," Union Minister Maneka Gandhi said.

The e-office will result in substantial reduction of processing time which will directly impact the delivery mechanism of the ministry, both for the state governments as well as related civil society organisations.

The e-office will also result in better accountability and transparency, and will ultimately result in higher manpower efficiency.

"Under the e-office, every receipt of any paper is scanned and digitised and the new file is opened. The file is then processed electronically as per specified procedure and specified hierarchy," WCD secretary V Somasundaran explained.

The project was initiated in July and over 12,000 files of the ministry have been digitised. Several modules of e-office i.e. File Management System, Knowledge Management System, Leave Management System, Tour Management System, have been running under the e-office.

Personnel Information Management System (e-Service Book) is expected to start from the1 January, 2016.

All other attached offices of the ministry will also come on the e-office platform shortly.