India News: February 2010

India to Spend Rs 4,500 Crore on e-Panchayat

e-Governance Project for Panchayati Raj Institutions (e-Panchayat) will cost India Rs 4,500 crore over three years. This includes providing computing as well as connectivity facilities to all 236,000 panchayats in the country across 31 states and Union Territories.

e-Panchayat has the potential to revolutionise panchayats by inducing mass ICT usage which will help in increasing effi ciency at all levels. The project will focus on three activities— identifi cation of information and services needs of all stakeholders, process reengineering and preparation of detailed project report (DPR) for Mission Mode Project (MMP).

Identifi ed as one of the mission mode projects under National e-governance Plan (NeGP), e-Panchayat proposes to provide a whole range of IT related services. It includes decentralised database and planning, budgeting and accounting, implementation and monitoring of central and state sector schemes, citizen-centric services, unique codes to Panchayats and Individuals   and essential GIS based applications.


First e-Ticketing service for the bus travelers in the state of Maharashtra has been launched by Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC). The service will be offered in partnership with Trimax IT Infrastructure and Services Limited on build, operate and transfer (BOT) basis. Bus travelers in Maharashtra will now be able to book their tickets through the MSRTC website within a matter of few minutes. This initiative will give a major boost to the growth of public road transport in the state of Maharashtra and increase the state governments’ revenues.

This service will be available for buses associated with Maharashtra State Road Transport travelling across Maharashtra.


The Bihar government has decided to fully computerise the Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC). C o n s e q u e n t l y , thousands of administrative job aspirants will be able to submit their applications without any problem. Bihar state’s Information Technology (IT) department has already started the process  of computerising BPSC completely. Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) is responsible for conducting all administrative examinations for premier state government services in the state, such as Bihar Administrative Service, Bihar Police Service and Bihar Financial Service.


Karnataka will soon have the country’s fi rst level 3 data centre. The data centre will be used to host government applications and related data, and will have a massive storage capacity of over 90 terabytes to meet the digital storage needs of Karnataka. The state government has already prepared a request for proposal for the project and is awaiting approval from the central government. A level 3 data centre typically has advanced storage capacity and has 98.98% availability, making it operational almost 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year.


The Government of Madhya Pradesh is set to launch a website for missing children in the state. The website being implemented under the state’s Women and Child Development (WCD) department is aimed at enabling authorities identify and track the missing kids.

The Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) will entail integration of all the 18 different schemes for the protection of child rights and security, which would now be implemented by a single department. The collection of data about missing children and the implementation the various schemes under an integrated ICPS has already been started with the help of National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development (NIPCCD) and other child rights  agencies. Madhya Pradesh is the sixth state to sign a memorandum of  understanding with the central government for the implementation of ICPS.


The state of Orissa has i n t r o d u c e d hassle-free e- R e g i s t r a t i o n of sale and purchase of land through a public private partnership. This move would  ensure faster, simpler, accurate system of automation for all the 64 types of deeds in 177 sub-registrar offi ces as centers. Orissa Computer Application Centre and Industrial Development Corporation joined hands to form an e-Governance Services Ltd to carry out the e-Registration activities in the state. With the system in place, now the public can get the land documents registered within half-an-hour in a computerised environment, can get sale deed instantly and in just a minute, can get encumbrance certifi cate.

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