April 2011

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Delhi Cabinet Approves Geospatial Bill Data

The Delhi cabinet has approved the draft Delhi Geospatial Data Infrastructure   Bill, 2011 – a flagship project of the government launched to frame and implement policies relating to geospatial data.

The Bill will serve as a base for planning and executing various development  projects and utility services. As per Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Delhi State Spatial Data Infrastructure (DSSDI) project was launched to frame and implement  policies for issues related to geospatial data.

The data could be utilised through the Geographical Information System established at two centres in the city, reported IANS.

Goa Roads to be Monitored Through surveillance Cameras

In a bid to make Goa “terror alert”, all major roads will soon be monitored  through unmanned surveillance cameras, according to the Economic Survey  tabled in the State Assembly recently.

“The surveillance project would ensure setting up of surveillance cameras at major roads and junctions, public places, places of strategic importance,” the report says. With increased security and terrorism threats in the country, building a comprehensive surveillance system is critical for enhancing safety and security of citizens and assets.

Human Resource
Haryana to Upgrade IT Facilities for Better e-Governance

The Haryana government has decided to create an information technology (IT)  cadre for implementation of the state’s e-Governance initiatives in various  departments. An official spokesman said that the state government has already  prepared the basic structure for the IT cadre and it would be finalising the same  shortly, reported IANS. The state government has also decided to set up  Information and Communication Technology (ICT) labs in more than 2,600  government schools and all the government colleges. This facility would be in  addition to the IT education facilities in various technical institutions in the  state. “Special programmes have been designed for the training of government employees so as to enable them to increasingly use ICT in their day to day work,” spokesperson said.

Right to Information
File RTI on Phone in Karnataka

Karnataka is all set to open a business process outsourcing (BPO) centre – the  first of its kind in the country — exclusively for filing petitions under the Right  to Information Act. Citizens will just have to  call up the centre, expected to be  located in Bangalore, to file RTI applications, in lieu of some charges.

Any citizen can call up the BPO call centre and file an RTI against any department of the state. The user will be charged for the call which will be considered as the fee for the RTI application. Called as ‘Mahiti’ (means  information in  Kannada), the project will be launched in June. Along with the  BPO, the government will also club it with grievance redressal supervision and  monitoring system to track the RTI complaints. The medium for filing the  petition will be in Kannada and English.

Polling in West Bengal to be enabled by GiS

The Election Commission will install web-based geographic information system  (GIS) in West Bengal’s polling booths to help the State Chief Electoral Officer  track them on their website.

The system will provide a map showing the exact location and nearby  landmarks of all the 51,919 polling booths in the state on the website, an official  said, reported IANS.

The software will give a 360-degree view of the entire area falling within the  200-metre radius of each booth, including approach roads and nearby installations.

It will show every detail of the polling station, such as the number of voters,  number of polling and security personnel deployed, details about the current  law and order situation and reports of past violence or disturbance in the area,  the official added.

Office Automation
Indian Postal services to be Computerised by 2013

In a new e-Governance initiative Government of India (GOI) has approved a  proposal for the ‘Information Technology Modernisation Project’ of  Department of Posts (DoP) to be implemented in a phased manner by 2012-13,  subject to availability of funds for improving postal operations.

The proposal includes computerisation of all non-computerised post offices,  development of software for various operations of Department of Post,  commissioning of a data centre, provision of network connectivity and implementation of rural technology solution.

A state-wise list of thenumber of post-offices already computerised had been  released in which Uttar Pradesh has the most number of computerised post  offices- 1510 and the least number of computerised post offices in Jammu and  Kashmir- 132.

Govt to Invite Bids for Broadband in Rural Areas

The government will soon invite bids from telecom firms to provide broadband  services in rural areas of the country.

For this service the providers will get  subsidy from the Universal Service Obligation (USO) Fund. The Department of  Telecommunications will soon come out with a tender for rural wireless broadband through the Universal Service Obligation fund by the end of the  month. This particular project is aiming to cover 60,000 villages.

Lack on  broadband connectivity has been a prime reason for the digital divide in rural  and country site region.

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