News: July 2010

State treasuries automation project gets MMP status

In a move aimed at driving eGovernance initiative across the states, the Union Cabinet has decided to bring in computerisation of state treasuries as a Mission Mode Project (MMP), under the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP). The Cabinet also approved the expenditure of Rs 482 crore by the Centre as part of the grants-in-aid.

This Rs 626 crore MMP aims at supporting the state governments to computerise their treasury functions and provide the required interface for data sharing among treasuries, state finance departments, Accountant General offices, Reserve Bank of India, agency banks and Central Plan Schemes Monitoring System of Controller General of Accounts.

The NeGP comprises 27 MMPs, including nine Central MMPs, 11 State MMPs and seven Integrated MMPs spanning multiple ministries and departments. Mission mode implies that the objectives and the scopes of the project are clearly defined, that the project has measurable outcomes and service-levels, and the project has well-defined milestones and timelines for implementation.

The focus of the treasuries MMP is to improve the efficiency and transparency of the financial administration of the state governments. The implementation of treasuries MMP will lead to improvement in financial administration of the state governments.

Citizen Identity

Delhi to sign pact for early rollout of UIN

The Government of Delhi has decided to sign a pact with the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) for an early rollout of identification numbers for residents. The State Cabinet also decided to constitute two committees to oversee the implementation of the UIDAI project in the capital. While Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta will be the Chairman of one committee, the second panel will be headed by the Chief Minister.

“The government has decided to collaborate with the UIDAI to enhance efficiency in delivery of citizen services through accurate identification of beneficiaries,” said Dikshit.

The Delhi cabinet also approved a draft memorandum of understanding (MoU). As per the MoU, the UIDAI will prescribe standards for recording data and biometric fields and also the processes for enrolment of residents.

Kerala PWD to tread e-tendering route

Kerala Government plans to introduce e-tendering in the Public Works Department (PWD) to bring in transparency in awarding contracts. This will be executed in a phased manner.  In the first phase, submission and acceptance of tenders will go live. While the officials will initialy have to manually verify the tender details, the remaining procedures will be soon incorporated into the new system, sources said.

The project is aimed at bringing in more transparency and efficiency in the PWD processes and execution of works.

“Apart from e-tendering, PWD also plans to bring in people’s supervision in construction works to maintain quality”, said PWD minister TM Thomas Issac. He explained that a mechanism with the cooperation of local people to monitor the quality of the construction work will be put in place.

Citizen Service Centre

Punjab to set up more than 3,000 e-Gram Suvidha Centres

The Government of Punjab has decided to set up 3,037 e-Gram Suvidha Centres in the villages across the state at a cost of Rs 90 crore, to ensure citizen centric services to the people in the rural areas. Disclosing this, a spokesman of state government said that an empowered committee under the Chief Secretary comprising administrative secretaries of various departments has given in-principle approval to implement the scheme within a stipulated time frame of one year.

These centres will ensure the delivery of basic people-friendly services including delivery of old-age pension, registration of pension for handicapped and widows and disabled persons.


Haryana in review stage of power reforms project

The power distribution reforms projects for 36 towns of Haryana will be analysed by a technical evaluation committee, set up to carry forward the implementation of Restructured-Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (R-APDRP) of the Union government.

Haryana is one of the first states to get approval for the ambitious plan. A spokesperson for the Haryana Power Utilities said that the Union Ministry of Power had approved projects worth Rs 158.36 crore for the state to implement the reforms programme and modernise the power distribution system. He said under the scheme a disaster management centre at Panchkula and a data centre at Hisar will be set up to ensure the timely implementation of the schemes in the towns for which the project had been sanctioned.

The project will be completed in two years. The various works in this project include consumer indexing, geographic information system, and metering of distribution transformers and feeders.

The project will also cover asset mapping of the entire distribution network comprising 11 KV feeders, distribution transformers, low-tension lines, poles and other distribution network equipment of these towns. Consumers will be benefited by way of better service, while for the power sector there will be an increase in revenue after the implementation of the scheme.

The Government is implementing R-APDRP during the 11th Five Year Plan period. This is a USD 12 billion project aimed at IT enabling India’s power distribution system. The main objective of R-APDRP is to strengthen overall power distribution system and reduce the aggregated technical and commercial losses of power utilities. Implementation of the information technology plan to achieve the goal under the scheme will go a long way in minimising interruptions and breakdowns.

Public Distribution System
GPS to track PDS vehicles in Chhattisgrah

Global Positioning System (GPS) devices will be used in Chhattisgarh State to track the movement of vehicles carrying subsidised rice for the poor. All the 600 vehicles carrying subsidised food grains, distributed through Public Distribution System (PDS) in the state, will be equipped with the GPS devices. These devices will give complete information on where and for how long the vehicles carrying rice are halted after loading at the warehouses and before unloading the rice at PDS shops.

The move will ensure effective implementation of the Rs 1,000-crore, Chief Minister’s Food Security Scheme, under which the state government provides 35 kg rice a month at Rs 2 and Re 1 per kg to the poor families.

With the launch of the project, the state government is looking at putting in place the monitoring mechanism essential to track the state’s food scheme that covers over 60 percent of Chhattisgarh’s population of above 20 million. According to reports, the state Civil Supplies Corporation has already floated the tender for GPS installation and their integration with the existing software for tracking of PDS vehicles in all the 18 districts.

Commercial Tax

Chandigarh gets e-Services Grant

Chandigarh has got a grant of Rs 5.97 crore from the central government to implement various e-services in this union territory. This sanctioned amount is part of the Commercial Taxes Mission Mode Programme (CT-MMP) project, according to officials.

“We have already prepared a blueprint and this project will be completed in the next two years. Under this project, various e-services like e-registration, e-filling, e-payment, e-forms, e-refunds and e-redressal of grievances will be introduced in Chandigarh,” said the UT’s Finance Secretary Sanjay Kumar.

“Our basic aim is to create citizen-centric environment in Chandigarh and to bring more transparency in work. All these services will be available to citizens on 24×7 basis and people can access all the services sitting in any part of the world,” Kumar said.

UP Waqf property records to be online soon

The UP State Waqf Boards (SWB) has decided to move all its properties related records online. The initiative is being undertaken by the Uttar Pradesh Central Waqf Boards and the National Informatics Centre Uttar Pradesh (NICUP).  The ‘Waqf Computerisation Project’ is an e-Governance initiative being carried out on the guidelines and financial support from the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs. The project aims to create e-documents for all records of the Waqf properties and also upload them on the Centre’s website.

Waqf properties date back to the Mughal era and a lot of properties are still disputed in the absence of proper documents,” said an official of the UP Shia Central Waqf Board. He added: “And what makes these disputes worse is the fact that some of the old records of the pre-Independence era have gone missing in their entirety. Hence, computerisation and making the records accessible online will certainly help maintain a second copy of the records for a longer period of time.”

 the two Waqf boards of up—shia central Waqf Board and sunni central Waqf Board—have already completed 60 percent of the computerisation process of all documents. the Ministry of Minority Affairs has given a financial support of rs 27 lakh each to both the Waqf boards in the first phase, where records will be computerised and e-copies  prepared.

in the first phase, all records from the block level to the state level will be computerised and e-copies will be submitted to nic for uploading them on theportal.

Haryana PUbliC GrievanCe Portal laUnCHeD

The Government of Haryana has announced the launch of its public  grievance Web portal www.harsamadhan. the web portal-based  centralised public grievances redressal and monitoring system aims to provide a quick grievance redressal mechanism for citizens. Haryana is the first state in the country to launch such a portal. Announcing the launch of the pilot project state chief Minister Bhupinder singh Hooda said that redressing citizens’ grievances was a priority area with the state government and that the user friendly portal will help citizens seek faster disposal of their cases.