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In Orissa NREGA Payments Through Smart Card

Under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) around 2,000 workers in Orissa have been collecting their wages from their local post offices using smart cards in the past two months. Launched on December 1, 2008 at Baunspal in Orissa’s Dhenkanal district, the project piloted by the Department of Posts, with the active involvement of Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology Jyotiraditya Scindia, will very soon cover around 25 villages and service 6,000 workers under NREGA.

The number of accounts opened under NREGA with post offices has already crossed the two crore mark. As on December 31, 2008, post offices across the country had disbursed INR 3,422 crore under NREGA.

e-Auction of Tea Failed to Take-off in Kolkata

Kolkata’s project on e-auction of tea has failed to take-off due technical glitches, lack of space and difficulty in allowing proxy bidders. The e-auction of tea in Kolkata which was to start from January 27, 2009, was carried out but only manually on January 27 and 28, 2009.

This new e-auction system, an INR 18-crore project, has been redesigned by the National Stock Exchange’s IT department. According to tea traders, the major bottleneck in the e-auction of tea is that it would not only translate into an escalation of costs but the process would also become slower than the manual auctions.

e-Procurement For Railways

The e-procurement system of the railways was inaugurated recently. The e-procurement platform to East Coast Railway (ECoR) has been provided by Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS). The east coast railway stores department purchases around INR 750 crore materials every year. The new system will bring in benefits in terms of cost savings due to improved competition, improved internal efficiency, the procurement cycle will be further compressed by around 30 days.

First e-Court of India launched

The first model e-Court in the country has been launched by the Gujarat High Court recently. It has started functioning on a pilot basis at the Ahmedabad City Civil and Sessions Court, providing tamper proof authentic audio-video recording of proceedings with multi-point video conferencing facilities linking the courtroom, central jail, the police commissioner’s office and the Forensic Science Laboratory. The under-trials lodged in the central jail could be virtually presented before the court through video conferencing. This project is an initiative of the central government and was set up with technical support from the Technology, Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC), the Centre for Advanced Computing and National Informatics Centre.

Railways Processes 3,712 tenders in 5 months

The e-Procurement system of the Indian Railways has processed over 3,712 e-Tenders in the last five months. This Railways’ e-Procurement website launched around August-September 2008, has over 1,737 e-Tenders which are currently uploaded (yet to be opened), 1,778 e-Tenders have already been opened and over 197 purchase orders have been issued in last five-six months. Over 1,800 vendors, who are (potential) suppliers, have registered themselves on the website. Indian Railways procures goods valued at about INR 16,500 crore annually and this excludes procurement of another INR 5,000-odd crore.

Single UID for all Indians by Early 2010

An Empowered Group of Ministers (EGOM) headed by the External Affairs Minister, Pranab Mukherji has approved the establishment of a Unique Identity Authority for all residents of the country. The UID Authority will be set up under the Planning Commission. This UID Authority will formulate a detailed proposal covering the full cost of implementation and for the full contingent of staff needed and place it before the Cabinet for its approval. The UID is expected to become available by early 2010.

ICT Makes Crime Records Available at your Fingertips

Delhi Police has come up with a high-tech way to keep a tab on criminals. Delhi Police is in process of installing 171 Automated Fingerprint and Palmprint Identification Systems (AFPIS) in all police stations in the Capital as well as in other important places including the five district courts and 11 district headquarters. The system, a web-based software running on Linux, will enable cops to access existing police records to instantly identify an arrested accused. Biometric system providers are of the view that a complete AFPIS unit will cost around INR 20 lakh while a basic unit will come for around INR 10 lakh.

e-Governance Adoption by GUVNL

Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) is fast adopting the IT solutions software towards becoming e-Governed. This software will increase GUVNL’s operational efficiency, transparency,  and  improve its customer service. This e-Urja project is an integrated solution and aims to share a centralised database with all users.  The project is being implemented by GUVNL and all its subsidiary companies – Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited, the Gujarat Energy Transmission Corporation Limited and four distribution companies. With this software in place human resources, payrolls, e-Procurement, accounting, budget, and other departments will all be served by the same database through a single entry point. The project will also eliminate corruption to a large extent as every applicant will have a unique login Id.

3-4 March, 2009
6th Annual Enterprise Security Asia Conference 2009
Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia

12-13 March, 2009
1st International Conference on eGovernment & eGovernance,
Ankara, Turkey

17-19 March, 2009
International Exhibition & Conference on Homeland Security,

18-20 March, 2009
17th Convergence India 2009 New Delhi,

27-29 March, 2009
International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies (ICICT)
Hong Kong, China

3-5 April, 2009
International Conference on Information Management and Engineering (ICIME2009)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

07-10 April, 2009
Forum on next Generation Network Standardisation
Colombo, Sri Lanka

17-19 April, 2009
IEEE/ACM International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD) 2009
Doha, Qatar

22-24 April, 2009
IDMA World Asia 2009

27-28 April, 2009
Government Technologies Conference & Expo
Toronto Canada

7-9 May, 2009
2nd International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Accessibility
Hammamet Tunisia

23-27 May, 2009
15th GCC eGovernment and eServices Forum
Dubai, UAE

24-28 May, 2009
The Fourth International Conference on Internet and Web ApplicationsandServices (ICIW)
Venice, Italy

31 May – 4 June, 2009
6th Annual European Semantic Web Conference
Heraklion, Greece

Executive Movements

A K Goyal is the new Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs. He is 1977 batch CSS officer.

Amit Mohan Prasad is the new Joint Secretary in the same Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. He was a Director in the same ministry. He is an IAS officer of the 1989 batch of the Uttar Pradesh cadre.

A S Murthy is the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Satyam Computers Ltd. Murty was working with Satyam for the last 15 years. He was heading the company’s global delivery unit. He will assume charge as CEO with immediate effect. He will replace the current CEO

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