CaneInfo All About Sugarcane
Implementing Agency: Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Coimbatore
Cane Info is an interactive and user-centered website that provides a platform for sugarcane growers, cane development personnel, scientists and students to share information and knowledge on sugarcane.
A few modules available in CaneInfo are ‘Ask a Specialist’, ‘OFAS (Online Fertilizer Advisory Service)’, Online Directory of research institutions and sugar factories, discussion forum, ‘Suggest a Variety’, publications/bibliographic database, multimedia gallery ,What’s Available?, What’s new ?, News Feeds , Streaming of Video Programmes on sugarcane and ‘Feedback’.
The portal has been designed in such a way that it is easily navigable even for those with low computer-literacy levels. Large files like videos, detailed graphics, animation and audio have been restricted as learner satisfaction declines when downloads are slow. The site is trilingual – English, Hindi and Tamil. A provision for translating all the English pages to Hindi has been provided through ‘Google Translate’.
Information generated from the users through the Discussion forum is effectively moderated. CaneInfo is databasedriven and interactive. It has taken agricultural extension/ information dissemination to farmers to the next level.
Since its launch CaneInfo has received about 6-lakh hits so far. Though this website is predominantly India-specific, it has users from abroad as well. The timely intervention by CaneInfo experts helped a farmer from Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu save his sugarcane crop, by identifying the dreadful disease in a patch of his sugarcane field, through the ‘Ask a Specialist’ section of CaneInfo.
Implementing Agency: NIC District Unit, Ramabai Nagar, UP
With the initiatives of the District Magistrate of Ramabai Nagar (UP) the last mile of the district has become accessible to the top functionaries. On the behest of the District Magistrate, the eSamwad Team gets ready for a trip to a remote village inside the district with all its paraphernalia in a vehicle. The DM along with some of his senior officers at the District Headquarter can interact with the villagers in any remote corner through Video Conferencing. Villagers start telling their problems and the senior officials redress them. The villagers have a win-win situation. e-Samwad provides services to the villagers and solve the problems at their DOOR STEPS.
The project has enabled the interaction of villagers with the Distict Magistrate facilitating the on the spot catering of the various Services. Within an hour the e-Samwad team reaches to the desired place and the concerned village is on the AIR. This has led to the emergence of effective & efficient governance. SDMs and BDOs are addressed on monthly basis after proper analysis of the repeated problems in the services and hence the repeated problems are also addressed. The many fold corruption, mistrust/ill treatment at the government offices has reduced. The loss of wages/loss of day/days of villager is mitigated and the cost of travel and stay get nullified. The mental agony of the visiting villagers is also reduced to a large extent.
The District Magistrate gets more time for the District level planning and effective utilization of various other resources. A new era of monitoring the work of subordinate officers has also been started.