C. Umashankar IAS
C. Umashankar IAS., (TamilNadu, India)
Formerly Member, Special Invitee, National E-governance Action Plan Implementation Committee

Ex-Joint Vigilance Commissioner, TamilNadu
C. Umashankar IAS

Service: Indian Administrative Service (IAS) – TamilNadu Cadre (1990)

Current Position: MD of ELCOT

Former Commissioner for Disciplinary Proceedings, Salem, TamilNadu.

Guest lecturer for Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore on 1) e-governance training program for senior officers of Government of India and 2) Reinventing
government – Post Graduate Diploma program.
Guest Lecturer for National Productivity Council, New Delhi on Transformation of administration using e-governance.
Qualification: B.Com., (1984)
Additional Qualification: Designing and implementing multiple e-governance ERPs at field level and State headquarters level with effect from February 1999 onwards. E-mail ID: umashankarc@gmail.com,
Experience in e-governance and Information Technology
The following ERPs / e-governance software packages were designed by C.Umashankar and developed by a team of Programmers under his supervision:
ERP for Taluk office administration where land records, land revenue and financial accounting, issue of various certificates, social welfare schemes such as National Old Age Pension scheme, Distress Relief Scheme and Accident Relief Scheme, Patta Pass Book scheme etc. (VB6/DB2) – design, validation and implementation (1999-2000)
ERP for District Rural Development Agency with linkage to its constituent offices. (VB6/DB2) – All centrally sponsored rural development schemes and State sponsored schemes – design, validation and implementation. (2000)
Design, validation and implementation of Block Automation Software with linkage to DRDA server. All Centrally sponsored rural development schemes, State sponsored schemes, Noon mean scheme, HRD admin and Panchayat monitoring Software (2000)
Regional Transport Office (RTO) – public interface software in Tiruvarur Collectorate (1999). This software successfully manages the receipt of application for all classes of licenses (learner and well as permanent driving licenses), registration of vehicles etc. PPP model.
ERP for Universities and Educational institutions. This includes Admission & administration Examination administration, Financial accounting, scholarship, library, hostel administration, campus medical dispensary administration, vehicle workshop administration, CRM etc. (J2EE/DB2/Postgresql for Linux Also VB6/DB2)
Core banking software for Agriculture co-operative banks. (VB6/DB2) – 1999-2000
ERP for Local body automation (Town Panchayat).This includes HRD, Financial accounting, purchase and stores, automated tax computation and online grievance handling. (VB6/DB2) – 1999-2000
HRD software for Government offices titled OFFICE MANAGER. (J2EE/Postgresql 8.0 for Linux; VB6/DB2) – 1999
ERP for Police Station administration. (VB6/DB2) – 2000
Design and implementation of Optical Mark Reader based computerization of Fair Price shops at Tiruvarur. (Successfully implemented in 55 Fair Price shops) – (VB6/DB2) – 1999-2000
Design and validation of Paperless office cum document management solution for Government and large private organizations. (J2EE/Postgresql 7.4 for Linux) – 2000, 2003.
Design for GIS based application for capturing Field Measurement Books (maps) of villages. (SICAD-OPEN – GIS software / DB2) – Implementation in Kodavasal Taluk of Tiruvarur district. 1997, 1999-2000.
Design and validation of software for building question bank and generating various types of questions for use by large scale recruitment agencies, colleges, schools etc. (VB6)
Design and validation of HR management solution with budget and financial accounting linkage for Orissa Government titled PROSPER (PROcess based PERsonnel automation System), using open source technology (linux/postgresql). – 2004
Design and validation of ERP for manufacturing and Service Industry under Postgresql / Linux / Tomcat environment.

Accomplishments so far:

The first e-district was conceived and implemented in Tiruvarur when I served as District Collector there during 1999-2001. The district had been rated as 20 years ahead of rest of India by a leading newspaper Times of India�.

Tiruvarur achieved over 85% paperless automation level in all its seven Taluk offices during my Collectorship and continues to maintain the lead over rest of India. Manually written registers in conventional Taluk services have been done away with. In their place system generated registers are being used. The transition commenced on May 16th 1999 when the National OAP (Old Age Pension) software was formally commissioned by the former Chief Minister of Tamilnadu Mr.M.Karunanidhi. The process reached full circle with the commissioning of annual audit of village accounts Jamabanthi software during February 2000.
The Taluk offices use an ERP specifically designed to cater to their requirement. The ERP titled, Taluk Automation Software has modules for HRD, Land record administration, National Old Age Pension scheme, Distress and Accident Relief Scheme administration, Agricultural Laborers’ insurance scheme, Community certificate issue, income and solvency certificate issue, birth and death registration and issue of certificates etc. These packages were developed with bilingual data entry interface. It also has bilingual front end toggling facility.

The district uses the award winning disaster recovery tool named SUPERCOP. The Government of India gave away merit citation award during November 2003 for the write up on the disaster recovery software used in Tiruvarur district.

In the rural development scenario, Tiruvarur piloted India in automating all the activities of the District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) which is the nodal agency for rural development at the district level. The DRDAs were inter linked to all the 10 Block offices spread over the district which are its direct executing agencies. The ERP titled Valarum Ooragam (Rural Development) has scheme (project) handling, Finance, HRD, technical estimate preparation and social welfare scheme automation modules. There is hardly any other matter that had been left out from the Rural Development ERP. This was accompanied by a comprehensive ERP for handling projects, financial accounting, noon meal scheme, HRD admin, social welfare schemes such as marriage assistance scheme, etc.

Founder Member and Moderator of egovINDIA Yahoogroup.
The eGovINDIA group had been formed by experts in the field of e-governance all over India and abroad to discuss, share and promote e-governance in India. As on date this is the most vigorous group in India which focuses fully on implementing true e-governance solutions in India.
Books published so far:
E-governance – the success story of Tiruvarur , the road covered and the road ahead –April 2001.
Articles/papers written/published:
The nuts and bolts of e-governance – Oct 2000.
Land Records Systems revisited: A technical paper on how to capture map details of lowest village land record maps – Field Measurement Book (FMB) using GIS. Paper published GIS@Development, October, 2003 issue.
e-Governance: The key players
Published in the e-gov Magazine:
Awards received:
Selected by THE WEEK, a leading English magazine in India as the Man of the Next Millennium (who has the potential to change the face of India during the next millennium) from among all bureaucrats in India. This selection came on the eve of their Millennium edition during the year 2000.
ESCAP – Chosen by a wing of the UN to represent Tiruvarur in an exhibition cum Seminar that was held in Bangkok to show case Tiruvarur e-governance successes.
Awarded a merit citation award by the Government of India for the paper written on the Disaster recovery tool used in Tiruvarur. The award was handed over on 13th November 2003 at Chennai by the Deputy Prime Minister of India.

An IAS officer who established first e-district in the country, possibly the first in Asia. His e-governance made procedures simpler for the public and introduced transparency in the administration.
Tiruvarur e-Governance Project
Transformation of the India’s first e-district by tech. savvy I.A.S. officer Mr. Umashankar.
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Process Automation based e-governance implementation in core government functioning in Tiruvarur district of TamilNadu. (India)
Mr. Umashankar, IAS, MD of ELCOT, Interview on OSS by Hindu Businessline dated 19th Feb 07
http://www.thehindu businessline. com/ew/2007/ 02/19/stories/ 2007021900130400 .htm
Can Tamil Nadu Live Without Microsoft?
Tiruvarur e-Governance Project
Transformation of the India’s first e-district by tech. savvy I.A.S. officer Mr. Umashankar.
A whistle Blower’s tale:
Copy of Madras High Court’s judgement in the Cremation Sheds scam dated 27th Feb.1995. Mr. C. Umashankar, IAS was the Prosecution Witness Number One.
http://sugame.com/umashankar ( Details about Cremation Sheds Scam is here )


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