SBI plans to sell products via e-Gram
State-run radio in demand in India
Fives states of India have expressed their desire to start their own radio stations and FM channels. Madhya Pradesh (MP), Bihar, Delhi, Karnataka and Punjab have put in applications to this effect with the Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry.
The states have been pushing for their own radio stations despite a 1995 Supreme Court ruling that the 'broadcasting media should be under the control of the public as distinct from the government'. After I&B Ministry's approval, some states have even tentatively named their radio stations. So there is Karnataka Government's Namma Banali (Our Voice) and MP's Azad Hind Radio, both waiting for frequencies to be allocated to them. The Bihar Government has proposed Gung-ho project. The Delhi government's plans too are awaiting a go-ahead from the I&B ministry. The Rajasthan Government is also giving shape to its broadcasting ambitions to promote community radio. Karnataka is going to the extent of picking and choosing government-friendly NGOs to transmit its message. The state will be putting in two-thirds of the finances.
e-Governance Scheme for cities finalised by Government of India
Government has finalised a scheme on e-Governance in civic bodies of cities with a population of one lakh and above. The National Mission Mode Project on e-Governance in municipalities in 423 cities having a population of one lakh and above over a period of five years has been prepared by the Urban Development Ministry. The exercise is aimed at enhancing the preparedness of urban local bodies to approach the market to finance its projects, he said.
The scheme has been designed to cover eight services within urban local bodies. The services include registration and issue of birth and death certificate, payment of property tax, water supply and other utilities bills and procurement and monitoring of projects including e-Procurement.
Online database of Orissa kids launched
In one of the promising and pioneering efforts of Orissa based firm Cybertech Software Multimedia Pvt Ltd (CSM), a comprehensive and unique database of 10.68 million children of the entire state of Orissa has been developed. This database will aid in sharing with other departments vital statistics and data on children and will expedite the functioning of the much talked-about e-Governance project, 'e-Shishu'.
This movement under the Sarva Sikhsya Abhiyan (SSA) in the state. The Orissa Primary Education Programme Authority (OPEPA) has been selected as primary implementing agency. e-Shishu project includes codified household, school, teacher, child information in the state. The database also includes geographic, demographic and educational details of the children between the age group of 0 and 14 years. The project aims to collect information of children from each house in all the villages across the state. The project is a time-bounded one and a weekly progress report has to be submitted to OPEPA, the monitoring agency for the said project. The government has established an Intranet system across various districts of Orissa The state government has also developed a real-time web based project monitoring system to keep tabs on the weekly progress in terms of financial and physical achievement, civil work and disbursement of different progress reports.
IT in India to get big boost in 2008
The Department of Information Technology, Government of India announced that the year 2008 will be a roll out year for ICT in the country.
The department is planning to connect 18,000 colleges across the states with higher educational institutes and computerisation of 13,000 courts. The department will also introduce broadband connectivity in rural areas and set up of 25,000 BSNL centres in villages, which would be started by the mid of this year. The estimated expenditure is around INR 10 billion to be spent in the next six years, also includes setting up of 100,000 kiosks in rural India. ICT is proposed to be used by common service centres (CSCs) to reach out to six lakh villages across the country, which will also generate direct employment for over four lakh individuals, these CSCs will cover other services like financial services, education, etc.