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

DIT pursuing FM for extension of STPI benefits

Department of information technology is pursuing with the finance ministry for extension of tax benefits under the STPI scheme. This was stated by minister for state for communication and IT, Sachin Pilot in an answer to a question by Yashodhra Raje Scindhia in the Lok Sabha, yesterday. MoS stated that the STPI scheme is currently functional in 51 centres , out of which seven are in me

Kerala village launches website to promote dowry-free marriage

Giving an online dimension to its anti-dowry campaign, the Nilambur village panchayat in Malappuram district has launched a matrimonial website for those willing to marry without taking or giving dowry. A collaborative venture of the panchayat and women?s right NGO Mahila Samakhya Society, the website is exclusively meant to promote dowry-free marriages. Anybody fr

Passport portal to be linked to police headquarters

With the demand for passport expected to reach one crore next year, the government is planning to take up a project to link passport seva portal to district police headquarters. Officials of the Ministry of External Affairs said the Central Passport Organisation under the Ministry issued 55 lakh passports in 2009, and the annual growth is expected to be 18 per cent to reach one c

IT brings down pendency of cases in Gujarat courts

The computerization in Gujarat high court / district courts started in year 1995-96 and has helped administration of the courts in streamlining their day-to-day activity. Today, over 90% of the activities and services of the courts are facilitated through information technology. The system extends to 53 district court complexes and 113 taluka court complexes. It is supported by video co

m-Gov for financial inclusion

S.R.Rao is additional secretary, e-governance with the department of information technology, government of India and is the nodal officer for e-governance implementation in the country. Rao spoke on use of mobile technology for service delivery and financial inclusion on the second day of the 13th national e-governance conference at Jaipur. Rao mentioned that government of India has establ

MCD signs pact with Tech Mahindra for e-governance project

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi today signed an agreement with Tech Mahindra that will help the civic body realise its ambition of achieving paperless administration and to make processes citizen-centric and faster. As part of Delhi`s e-governance project, the civic body, which has engaged Wipro Consulting Services, has roped in Tech Mahindra as its implementation partner.

Karnataka to establish Karnataka One Centres

Learning from the success of the Bangalore One centres, the Karnataka Government is planning a state wide rollout of citizen services centres with the name Karnataka One.   This was stated by B.S. Yeddyurappa, Chief Minister and Minister for Finance, Karnataka during his budget speech yesterday. An allocation of Rs 6 Crore has been made in the state budget towards establishing

VAT dealers to get e-notices from Kerala government

Every VAT dealer in Kerala will be provided with an e-mail ID and it would be used for service of notices and communication of circulars. This was stated by Dr.T.M. Thomas Isaac, Minister for Finance, Kerala during his budget speech yesterday. The mobile numbers of all TIN / PIN dealers will be enrolled so as to communicate with them through Short Messaging Service (SMS). Kerala

New award for best government website for the disabled

In order to encourage government departments to make their websites easily accessible for differently-abled persons, the Ministry of Social Justice has constituted a new award for the best website for the disabled. The award would be given on the International Day of Disabled Persons on December 3. "We will introduce a new category for best website for disable

5 new services added to Delhi govt`s Jeevan project

Five new services were today brought under Delhi Government`s ambitious Jeevan kiosk project taking the total number of such facilities made available at the specially designed `one stop shops` to 73. Under the Jeevan project, government had set up over 300 `one-stop shops` across the city to provide a host of services pertaining to different departments under one roof.

Karnataka to set up 100 more BPO Centres

The Karnataka government on Friday said it would establish 100 more BPO centres during 2010-11 as part of its initiative to promote information techology units. Rs.10 crore would be spent on this project and a similar amount on implementing its semi-conductor policy unveiled recently, Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa said in his budget estimates presented to the state assembly.

e-Governance mandatory for assistance under JNNURM

Saugata Roy, Minister of State, Urban  Development in reply to a question in Lok Sabha today stated that e-Governance is a mandatory reform for all urban local bodies identified for central assistance under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission(JNNURM). The other mandatory reforms for ULBs include shift to accrual based double entry accounting, property tax (85% cover

World Wide Web (W3C) Consortium to establish office in New Delhi

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), an international body, which develops standards to ensure web accessibility to all, is establishing its office in New Delhi under the aegis of Technology Development for Indian Languages Programme. W3C India office will be launched in the conference in New Delhi on May 6th-7th, 2010. The futuristic and the very long term goal towards establishing th

Pay commercial taxes online in Orissa

Queueless payment is set to become the order of the day for commercial tax payment in Orissa. chief minister Naveen pattnaik launched the e-payment service for value added tax (VAT), consumption service tax (CST), professional taxes and other taxes under the commercial tax department. The service is available to all commerical-tax payers who have an interenet-banking enabled acc

Over 1.5 lakh calls made on anti-ragging helpline

The toll-free anti-ragging helpline received 1,59,414 calls in less than a year but only 350 complaints have been registered on the basis of these calls. The helpline was launched in June 2009 by the university grants commission (UGC) with call centre facilities in English, Hindi and 10 other regional languages to help ragging-victims. According to a report brought out by the Eucational Consult

Bangalore traffic police moves into `paperless regime`

Bangalore city traffic police is moving into a `paperless regime of enforcement` with officers getting hi-tech `BlackBerry and Bluetooth` supported printers on Wednesday. Project "Black Berry assisted Traffic Enforcement" that was initiated by city traffic police in 2008 has finally reached its final stage, Kanataka Home Minister V S Acharya said. Launchi

Visionary Talk: Amitabh Gupta, Pune Police Commissioner with Kailashnath Adhikari, MD, Governance Now


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