Tamil Nadu partners with HCL to fortify its COVID-19 response

Tamil Nadu

Chennai: The Tamil Nadu State government has partnered with HCL to set up a Disaster Management – Data Analytics Centre. This will fortify the state’s disaster management efforts amid the COVID 19 crisis.

HCL is also helping improve and expand the state’s disaster management helpline (1070) through technological upgradation, manpower assistance and effective reporting mechanisms.

The Disaster Management Center of the Government of Tamil Nadu (in Ezhilagam Building, Chepauk, Chennai) is responsible for the overall management of disasters across the entire state.

The Disaster Management – Data Analytics Center based here is supported by HCL will help capture data trends from across all districts of Tamil Nadu in real-time. And display them live to inform the government’s future decisions on the degree of response needed for each district and also for graded relaxation of the current lockdown to resume economic activities.

The centre operates a call centre (helpline 1070) which is accessible to people across the state and delivers the first level of response in any emergency.

Given the increased call volumes in the wake of COVID-19, HCL is helping to:

  • Upgrade their existing call centre by implementing an Automatic Call Distribution (ACD) system to effectively route calls between different government departments and also put in place an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system to help direct the queries to the appropriate state helplines
  • Build a state-of-art case flow system to track caller identity, immediate needs and follow through with relevant departments to solve their issues within the defined turnaround time
  • Extend interim support through manpower assistance to respond to calls and provide the first-level response for administrative issues including – queries on food shortage and availability, support to the migrant population, differently-abled and elderly, respond to queries related to health and issues related to transport movement, among others
  • Institute proper reporting mechanism to capture data trends from citizens’ queries and reports provided by the government. This data is fed that into the Emergency Operations Center to guide future course of action

“We are happy to receive immediate support from HCL to strengthen our state-wide response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our improved disaster management helpline will enable us to respond to citizens’ queries in a timely and effective manner and also capture insights from the same to define the future course of action,” said Dr J. Radhakrishnan I.A.S, Principal Secretary/Commissioner of Revenue Administration and State Relief Commissioner.

“We are thankful to HCL, who have helped to set up a state-of-the-art Disaster Management – Data Analytics Center in record time with facilities for real-time, live updates related to the pandemic,” added Dr Radhakrishnan.

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