IT Department Goes Hi -Tech for Watching Criminals
To conduct focused investigations and take matters handled by criminal intelligence wing to their logical conclusion, Income Tax (I-T ) Department vetted blue print. I-T Department is under discussion to have central facility distributed architecture for phone taping, latest forensic hardware and software for cyber snooping, all India data mining for money tracking, plugging into overseas server to obtain data to track money trails, tax evasion and fraud.
Under the Blue Print, the directorate will house a centralised repository of data gathered from telephone and Internet intercepts, banking and market transactions, cross border deals and ATMs.
To analyse this data and suspicious activities, the department will also attain state-of-art forensic tools, including software to follow cash trains, track money laundering, conduct forensic audits, mine books and other texts, as well as plug into overseas servers and social networking sites.
Scope and structure of proposed directorate is yet not finalised and is under discussion and expected to monitor real time information and gather intelligence from various sources to help develop cases for action leading to search and prosecution, maintain record of financial activities, as well as coordinate and share information with other intelligence agencies.
State wide area network
Assam Gears up with IT for a Transparent and efficient Governance
For a horizontal connectivity under NEGAP, Assam’s Hon’ble chief minister Tarun Gogoi has launched Assam state wide Area Network (ASWAN) and Assam online portal (AOP). Major highlights of the launch is AOP designed for common delivery services for G2C, G2B, G2G and G2E, common window for various departments for information dissemination, centralized modular applications for departments, status tracking of citizen’s application, integration of e-mail with AOP;
Secretariat Less Paper Office (SLPO) broadly for implementing less paper Karnataka To Get UID In All Districts office for efficient and time bound decision making, automated uploading of notifications, orders for public viewing Secretariat computerisation under AOP project deploys 2000 thin client, Gigabit network with adequate redundancy for failsafe connectivity, FOSS, integrated training facility of employees, a collaborative portal, repository of government notifications, and document repository. The Project ‘State Wide Area Network for the State of Assam’ is implemented by the State designated SWAN Implementing Agency i.e., M/s. AMTRON Ltd., Guwahati. Under the ASWAN horizontal connectivity plan the Assam Secretariat is to be linked with other Directorates, Staff College, Senior Officers Colony and the MLA hostel, Residence of Hon’ble Chief Minister of Assam.
IT Policy for Bihar Coming Up
Bihar Information Technology minister Shahid Ali Khan recently announced that the state will soon have its own IT policy. Inaugurating the UGC sponsored “INFLIBNET: awareness workshop for colleges of Bihar”, jointly organised by the Department of Computer Science, Patna Women’s College, in collaboration with A N College, the minister said, “We have already linked 1,000 schools through the Internet and going to connect more institutions, hospitals and offices.” He added that e-Governance is necessary for better development of a state. The government is also all set to implement the Centre’s National Mission in education in ICT for connecting educational institutions through broadband.
Rural Edition of SWAGAT Initiated In
Gujarat government has initiated rural edition of its highly acclaimed Swagat Online Grievance Redressal Program, called ‘Gram SWAGAT’ in villages from February 1, 2011. Swagat Online programme going rural will help the rural people living given in remotest corner of the state in getting their problems solved. State government has introduced the programme on the villagelevel considering the success of its version on taluka level. Now, every villager can go to e-Gram centre of his village and register his complaint. Senior officials in districts have been asked to take proactive approach and make the base of Swagat Online programme even wider. Officials, now, will make a list of problems pertaining to villages and educate villagers on various issues.
Confluence 2011: Amity University hosts IT summit 2011
From January 27-29th 2011 Amity University hosted an IT Summit focusing on Information Storage, Security & Compliance for Business Excellence. The main idea behind was to bring together the accomplished leaders and consultants of IT industry, the research scientists and the immature academicians and students at a common platform. egov magazine was a media partner to the event.
The entire event was partitioned into three sessions which included four tracks based on the four core areas that this summit sheds light on. The tracks were Cloud computing and its Impact, Business Intelligence, Analytics and Enterprise Performance Management, Information Security and Management and Web Security and Compliance. Apart from these topics, there were sectoral case studies. The sectoral case study involved some industries such as Telecom, Banking, Aviation, Government, Healthcare, Tourism, Education, Research, Automobiles and Media.
The event was inaugurated by Amity School of Engineering and Technology (ASET) Director-General Dr. Balvinder Shukla shedding light on IT and the importance on the protection and security of information. This was followed by a keynote speech by President of EMC (India and SAARC) Manoj Chugh on the significant changes in IT industry, the importance of ever expanding IT industry and factors that trigger it, and on the “F-generation- the Facebook generation” of IT. Guest of Honor Dr. M. Moni emphasised on the development of technology and algorithms for the growth of “F-generation” and on information as the basic building block of IT industry.
Dr. B.B. Bhattacharya Vice Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University touched upon the importance of IT in day-to-day life. He also stated the significance of software industry in India.
Nandan nilekani Releases TAGUP Report
Nandan Nilekani, Chairman, UIDAI and Technology Advisory Group for Unique Projects (TAGUP) handed over the TAGUP Report to the Union Finance Minister, Pranab Mukherjee on 4th Feburary, 2011.
According to Mukherjee, this report has been submitted at a right time and would help in various IT projects like Tax Information Network (TIN), New Pension Scheme (NPS), National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA), Expenditure Information Network (EIN), Goods and Service Tax (GST). He said that an effective tax administration and financial governance system calls for creation of IT projects which are reliable, secure and efficient. Some key recommendations of TAGUP Report are:
The Group recommends that for complex IT intensive projects (especially for those referred to in the Terms of Reference and generally to IT mission critical projects in government) National Information Utilities (NIUs) working in the spirit of partnership with government be put in place to handle all aspects of IT systems. While strategic control is retained by government at all times, NIUs should be set-up as private companies with a public purpose. They should be financially independent and empowered to take quick and efficient business decision.