Centralised IT Processing Centre in Bangalore
The Union Cabinet has decided to set up a centralised processing centre for IT (Income Tax) returns at Bangalore at the cost of INR 255 crore as part of an exercise to quicken the processing of IT returns.
To start with, the Centre will focus on processing all electronically filed returns from across the country, and paper returns filed in Karnataka. Subsequently, its operations will be expanded gradually to cover paper returns filed in other states as well. The aim was to ensure that high skilled manpower of the IT department now deployed for processing the returns was utilised better in terms of pursuing cross verification of actionable information. The department would exercise full control over the process to ensure that the privacy and security of the taxpayers data were not compromised in any manner.
Under RTI Act Info Provided Through Website Not Enough
The Central Information Commission has issued directives that Posting information on Government websites may not be enough under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. In addition to making the information available online public authorities need to make available printed or CD copies of information to RTI applicants even if the same data is available online. This decision was reached in the process of responding to an appeal filed by Chandigarh resident Harish Kochhar against the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), which repeatedly referred him to its official website in answer to his RTI queries.
Goa Launches Payment of Taxes via Internet
Goa's chief minister Digambar Kamat formally inaugurated Goa's Cyber Treasury scheme at the second day of the 12th national conference on e-governance which began at a South Goa resort on 12th February 2009. This cyber treasury scheme will facilitate online payment of taxes through the Goa portal, both for commercial establishments and for individuals.
Govt to Invest INR 20,175 Crore in e-Governance Projects
Centre has decided to invest INR 20,175 crore for as many as 27 projects under its National e-Governance Plan (NeGP) in the next four years. Department of administrative reforms and public grievances and Department of Information Technology jointly formulated this programme. While 16 projects worth INR 10,622 crore have already got the Cabinet's approval, the remaining ones will be unveiled in due course by taking state governments on board. The services would be delivered in a phased manner through the satellite-based State Wide Area Network (SWAN) in all states and Union Territories (UTs) in the country.
Blueline Havoc to be Tamed Using GPS
According to Delhi High Court the Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking system fitted in the bus is the solution to the menace created by the Blueline buses. It will help keep tabs on speeding buses to penalise them as well as monitor their adherence to a time-table. Authorities can also check the exact location of every bus in real time. Infact the court had asked to procure this GPS system way back in October 2007, but delay has been caused because the contractor to whom the tender was awarded has backed out and the process has to be initiated all over again.
Computing Solutions in 12 Indian languages
Microsoft company showcased for the first time its beta version of Windows 7 in Hindi, a step aimed towards enabling Indian users to compute using various Indian languages. The company launched its Language Interface Packs (LIPs) in twelve Indian languages for use in the Windows environment and Microsoft Office. The company has also made available for free download, forty-five virtual keyboards for use in these twelve languages. Windows 7 is being promoted as the precursor to the new operating system that Microsoft is developing as a replacement for Windows Vista. Microsoft's suite of web-based applications, Windows Live, will also be available in seven Indian languages.
24X7 call centre on RTI in Jammu Kashmir
Omar Abdullah's new government in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) has promised within the arena of e-Governance to provide for a legislation to strengthen the Right to Information (RTI) Act in the state. A call centre towards the same is being planned. At the planned call-centre twenty executives will handle calls and complaints from the public. This call centre will report directly to the chief minister. There will also be dedicated phone lines where complaints will be received through phone, text messages as well as in person.
m-Governance Adopted by Traffic Police in Kerala
Under the pilot project launched by Kerala Government, 38 traffic rule offenders landed in police net after the city police have started using the Blackberry mobile phones. Three complimentary Blackberry handsets had been handed over to the police personnel recently. Complete information about the vehicle and its owner can be instantly accessed by policemen using these mobile phones. These phones will be connected through a network with the database of the motor vehicle department The new technology could be extended to other parts of the state with some modifications. The technology had been specially developed by mobile service provider Vodafone (Kerala) with the assistance of the C-DAC.
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Centre of e-Governance opens in DIT
A Centre of e-Governance (CeG) has come up in capital New Delhi to disseminate awareness about e-Governance initiatives in the country. The upgraded centre was opened by the Minister for Communications & Information Technology, Thiru A. Raja in the premises of the Department of Information Technology, the Electronic Niketan. Minister of State for Communications & IT, Jyotiraditya M. Scindia was also present on the occasion. The CeG enhancement plan is a part of the “Awareness and Communication ” activity under NeGP and seeks to bring the achievements under NeGP under one umbrella for the information of citizens. The Centre will provide the visitor an opportunity to experience different e-services as well as digitally record his / her impressions of the CeG.
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