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NEWS INDIA: eGov March 2012

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Panchayats
Panchayats to be under e-Governance in Madhya Pradesh

In a bid to lay the foundation and provide the impetus for long-term growth of e-Governance in Madhya Pradesh, the process of computerizing about 23,000 village Panchayats has begun with the objective to bring public utility services through three-tier panchayats under National e-Governance Programme.

Services like government machinery to citizens, between government departments and government machinery to business representative will be delivered under the e-panchayat programme by connecting the three-tier panchayats.


Social Media
No Censorship on Social Media: Kapil Sibal
Union Telecom and Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal ruled out any plan to censor social media, but said the companies need to obey the law of the land.

The comments came in the backdrop of a Delhi court’s order asking social and networking media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google etc to remove objectionable content.

The court’s order had come after Mr. Sibal had taken some measures to rein in social media organisations from hurting religious sentiments.

“No government in the country will ever censor social media. But we need to make sure that everybody obeys the laws of the country. If the print media and visual media obey the laws, the social media can also obey the laws,” Mr. Sibal told the Nasscom Leadership Summit that got underway here this morning.

“I want to say once and for all, without any obfuscation, no government in India will ever censor social media,” he further said.

After the Delhi court order early this month, Internet giants Google and Facebook removed offensive content from their India websites.


Website
SPUWC, Delhi launches website for women

In a bid to make police more approachable, the Special Police Unit Women and Children (SPUWC) of the Delhi Police recently launched its official website.

SPUWC is a body dedicated to working for resolution of matrimonial disputes. It works under the overall supervision and guidance of the Joint Commissioner of Police. It is present in each district of Delhi as the popular CAW Cells that reach out to women in need of help/services of police.

The website will help women in getting all the information about redressal and process of complaint filing at SPUWC .

The Delhi Police has been looking at various online forums to make themselves more accessible to citizens and this comes in addition to their presence on Facebook and Twitter.

Kerala became the first state to have two Data CentresKerala is all set to boost up its e-Governance with two Data Centres. The State became the first State in the country to have two Data Centres. The second State Data Centre (SDC) at the Technopark in Trivandrum was inaugurated by the Minister for IT & Industries, Shri P K Kunhalikutty at a function held at the Park Centre. The new tier II Data Centre, located in the Thejaswani building in Technopark campus, has been set up at a cost of Rs.22.5 crores.

The new data centre will help in faster and more secure roll out of e-Governance initiatives,especially Governemnt to Government (G2G) and Governemnt to Citizen (G2C) Services. Besides, the new SDC will augment the Government’s capacity to cater to the ever growing demand for e-Governance services.

In 2005, Kerala became the first State in the country to have a state-of-the-art Data Centre exclusively for e-Governance activities. The first Data Centre is located at the Co Bank Towers in Thiruvananthapuram.

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