Monday, 15 July 2019
At a time when the Internet almost makes the world go round, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to ban its access to all its employees. The move came last year and was implemented in phases after the civic body generated an annual bill of Rs 10 crore towards internet charges in 2018, senior civic officials said. "Usually the annual internet bill amounts to around Rs 3-4 crore. But in 2018, we were shocked to see that the bill was Rs 10 crore," said a senior civic official. Barring the official email, employees can no longer access other websites and their personal emails.
The civic official added that they realised most employees were using the BMC's internet connection for their personal use. "Staff members were on heavy usage websites like YouTube and were even downloading movies and songs all day long. We thus decided to ban all the websites barring the official email which is part of the SAP system," said
In order to further cut down expenses, the Information Technology department has been trying to reduce the amount of storage space that costs the BMC Rs 30 crore for a period of five years. In March last year, the civic body spent Rs 67 crore for the upgraded System Application Protocol (SAP) which is the software for data, payment of salaries, issuing of tenders and services such as issuing of licences. The version of the software called SAP Hanna, among other features, has an archival tool which can be used to store digitised tender documents that are no longer needed on the cloud.