Rs 5990 Crore outlay for National Knowledge Network

The Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure has approved the establishment of the National Knowledge Network (NKN) at an outlay of Rs.5990 crore to be implemented by NIC over a period of 10 years. The NKN when established will enable scientists, researchers and students in knowledge sharing and knowledge transfer. It would enable use of specialized applications, which allow sharing of high

Chhattisgarh PDS unleashes an era of transparency

The Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection, Government of Chhattisgarh has unleashed transparency in the PDS system through the e-governance project. The project has created a database of ration cards for over 37 lakh BPL families. The database has reduced fake and duplicate ration cards and increased transparency. It has also created ICT infrastructure acros

Education made easy with Ni-On

NIOS Online (Ni-On) project initiated online admissions to National Institute of Open Schooling through its website / . With the online admission application form students were able to submit their application anytime from anywhere in India without involving any outside agents or accredited institutions (AIs). The process facilitated students faster and direct

Karnataka, Chandigarh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, AP leaders in e-Readiness

Karnataka, Chandigarh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, AP have been ranked as leaders in e-readiness assessment as per the India e-Readiness Assessment Report 2008 released by Department of Information Technology, Government of India. The report published by department in collaboration with National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) is the fifth in series of reports that cate

Government mulls Rs 100 incentive to register for UID

Government plans to incentivize issue of UIDs to people below poverty line who are beneficiaries of public welfare schemes like the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS), PDS, Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna (RSBY) etc as per the report of the 13th finance commission tabled in Parliament last month. The finance commission report recommends a grant of Rs 2989.10 crore to be g

Centre to extend e-governance programme to 28 more cities

Getting birth certificates, payment of utility bills and property tax will now be easier in cities having a population of five lakh and above, with the Centre deciding to extend its e-governance programme to such towns. The Urban Development Ministry`s National Mission Mode Project (NMMP) on e-governance in municipalities aims at improving operational efficiencies and promoting t

Poor will benefit from Unique Id: Nilekani

The Unique Identification Number likely to be rolled out in 2011, will help the poor to access the benefits of various government schemes with greater ease, Unique Identification Authority of India Chairman, Nandan Nilekani has said. "This project is pro-poor and inclusive and targeted mainly towards the poor. The middle-class and the rich have some form of identity. People on the margins are g

Employment news website among best in govt sector

The interactive website of employment news, providing job-related information, has been rated as one of the most popular website in the government sector, attracting an average three lakh page hits per day. The website has interactive features such as online career counselling, information about job vacancies and a search engine facility.

Unique ID number will help bring in transparency: Nilekani

The Unique Identification Number will bring in mobility, choice, transparency and accountability at the doorsteps of the common man, UIDAI Chairman Nandan Nilekani has said. The Infosys co-founder, who now heads the government`s ambitious Unique Identification Authority of India, said the UID is a scheme for the marginalised people of the country. He said the sloga

UIDAI signs MOU with MP government

Madhya Pradesh has signed a MOU with the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) in order to facilitate the implementation of UID in the state on Friday last week. The agreement was signed by B.B.Nanawati, Deputy Director General, UIDAI and D.Singhai, Principal Secretary, Planning, Economics and Statistics Department of Government of Madhya Pradesh. As per the MOU the

Government to introduce core banking services at post offices

There is a proposal to introduce Core Banking Solution (CBS) in 4,000 post offices for ensuring - anytime, anywhere and any branch banking in the post offices.  This information was given by the Minister of State for Communications & Information Technology, Gurudas Kamat in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha yesterday. Government has made a financial outlay of Rs.106 cro

CERT-In to look into cyber attacks affecting IT Dept, banks

The government`s top cyber security arm has initiated a probe into complaints of I-T department, banks and other financial bodies that have reported a spurt in cyber attacks and fake mails which was affecting their operations. The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) CERT-In, a technical and cyber security department under the Ministry of Communications and Information Tech

4G Identity wins two bids to provide devices to UIDAI

4G Identity Solutions, a Hyderabad based ID cards maker and consultancy, Wednesday said it has won two bids to provide fingerprint and iris recognition devices to the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). These devices will be used in the UIDAI Proof of Concept (PoC) tests. The objective of the UIDAI feasibility tests is to establish a definitive baseline for biometri

Corporate Affairs Min to upgrade website for CSR reports

The Corporate Affairs Ministry today said it is upgrading its website for enabling companies to file their corporate social responsibility reports online. "The Ministry is in the process of designing an e-form under MCA-21 which will enable the corporates to file their CSR report on the portal of the Ministry," the MCA Secretary R Bandyopadhyay said in a statement.

Karnataka to facilitate e-filing of returns, e-payment of tax

Karnataka government would take measures to facilitate electronic filing of returns, electronic payment of taxes, and put in place electronic capture and verification of returns and movement of goods. These measures are aimed at improving tax compliance and make tax administration more effective and efficient, in order to give a fillip to revenue collection, according to the Medi

IT majors` dominance in high-end server mkt threat to growth`

The dominance of foreign technology giants like IBM in the Indian high-end `mainframe` server market is detrimental to the growth of the country, economic thinktank ICRIER said today. "High-end servers such as mainframes are very crucial for India`s IT needs for developmental programmes and monopolistic practices of dominant enterprises in this sector are detrimental to grow

Haryana to create cadre for IT professionals

Haryana government proposes to create a cadre of IT professionals in the state for smooth implementation and sustenance of e-Governance initiatives in the State. This was stated by Capt. Ajay Singh Yadav, finance minister for Haryana in his budget speech yesterday. Minister added that 35 IT SEZs have been approved in state of Haryana and the state has granted licences to 27 proposals f

MMP on Immigration services to be implemented from April, 2010

The mission mode project on immigration services will be implemented from April 2010. This was stated by the minister of state for Home Affairs, Mullappally Ramachandran, in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today. The Rs. 1011 crore project is to be implemented in a planned and phased manner over a period of four and half years from  April, 2010 to September, 2014.

Employee association panel to visit Passport Seva Kendra at Bangalore

“A panel consisting of senior MEA officials and employee union will be visiting the passport seva kendra in Bangalore tomorrow to address the concerns of passport employees. “, said Raj Kapoor, president of all India passport employee association to Governance Now.  Kapoor added that the association will devise any strategy only after the visit to the centre. The minis

Rs 9175 Cr for defence network

The cabinet committee on Infrastructure (CCI) has given financial approval of Rs. 9175.16 crore for an OFC network for defence services. This was stated by minister of communication and IT, Gurudas Kamat in a reply to a question by R. Dhruvanarayana in the Lok Sabha, yesterday. Of the sanctioned amount Rs. 1077.16 crore is for Air Force network and Rs. 8098 crore for Army and Navy netw

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