India News : March 2010

Delhi Gears Up for Digitised Governance

With the 3-Dimensional Geographic Information System (GIS) Mapping of the city now complete, the city is ready for a digital governance ride

Governance in Delhi will be a hi-tech affair from April 2010 as the state government has completed the 3-Dimensional Geographic Information System Mapping of the city.

When the system becomes operational, the Government of Delhi will virtually be run by Satellite. Entire Delhi will be displayed on the computer screens of its officers and with a click of button of the mouse; officials can see the status of different works going around the city.

The satellite system will be able to take pictures 10 metres under the ground in the city. Top level officers will be able to give instructions to their juniors after watching the display of various works going on around the city on their computer screen.

Goa’s Jail Software becomes a Model for the Nation

Impressed with Goa’s home-built prison software PRISMS, the central government has decided to implement it in prisons across the country. PRISMS won the national CSI-Nihilent e-Governance Award of Excellence in 2009 among 60 other projects and attracted the attention of Bihar and Delhi.

PRISMS is a jail booking and management system that networks all five jails in Goa with the office of the Inspector General of Prisons in Panaji and supports video conferencing between the jails. Goa Electronics Limited (GEL) officials said PRISMS is unmatched due to its high number of modules, user friendliness and transparency.

Now GEL is set to launch its second phase in Goa to enhance it even further. In phase 2, touch screen kiosks will be installed in prisons. The kiosks will enable prisoners to find out details of wages earned in prison, the remission in sentence, probable date of release, status of parole application, etc

Jharkhand gets Ready for e-Nagrik Services

To extend the reach of Information Technology (IT) facilities upto the village level, the Jharkhand State Government has planned to launch e-Nagrik services at all 4562 Panchayat Kendras, known as Common Service Centres (CSC), at the panchayat levels, across the State.

The IT facilities will be made available to villagers under the e-Nagrik scheme that envisages issuance of various certificates like birth, death, income, caste, etc, from the CSCs at a nominal cost. The JharNet, State Wide Area Network (SWAN) and JAP-IT (Jharkhand Agency for Promotion of Information Technology) together have been assigned the job for developing necessary infrastructure at the Panchayat levels to make the CSCs function smoothly.

India to use the ‘Cloud’ Services for e-Governance

India is to become one of the first country in the world to deliver e-Governance services to citizens using cloud-based IT services. The government is in talks with software industry body, Nasscom, on the roll-out of e-Governance services using the emerging technology.

The advantage of using this technology is that the IT infrastructure need not be set up by the government. In addition, because of the ability of the technology to handle large number of transactions, citizens can look forward to less congestion bottlenecks.

Rajasthan mandates 3% budget to e-Governance in all departments

The state government of Rajasthan has earmarked three percent budgetary support amounting to Rs17,500 towards e-Governance in all state departments.

Jitendra Singh, Minister of IT said that the day is not far away when Rajasthan would become another silicon valley after Bangalore as special economic zone emerged a potential platform for IT investors.

He also informed that Rajasthan has become the first state to have Bharat Nirman Rajiv Gandhi e-Seva Kendra with touch screen machines in every panchayat with an investment of Rs10 lakh each.

High Speed Wireless Launched in Assam

BSNL’s high speed wireless data services for rural areas was launched in Chhayagaon on February 03, 2010 by Union Minister of State for Communication and Information Technology, Sachin Pilot.

The Rs 1,200 crore project with a peak speed of 7 mbps would offer a minimum speed of 1 mbps and support all government schemes in the rural areas. This technology has been specially designed for difficult geographical areas where laying cable is difficult and cumbersome.

As part of its e-Governance programme, the Union Ministry is going to roll out Rs 250 crore for an 800-kilometre long Optical Fiber Cable Network project that would connect the State capital with all the district headquarters and blocks.

In the next financial year 2010-11, the Union Government would put up 843 new mobile towers in the Northeastern region putting more emphasis on the areas affected by insurgency, and border areas as well.