Kumoun Vani radio station to start in Uttaranchal

A community radio station named Kumoun Vani will start functioning from, The Energy Resources Institute at Mukteshwar in Uttranchal. The radio station to be set up will bring the local communities on a common platform and enable better communication and flow of resources between them. Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India has signed a grant of permissi

Kerala`s e-way for sexual harassment complaints

Complaints against sexual harassment can now be registered online in Kerala. The state women`s commission is offering the service on its revamped website inaugurated by chief minister V S Achuthanandan at Thiruvanthapuram on Monday. The commission will also be launching a similar service through SMS - called the `eve-teasing helpline`- soon. The helpline number is expected to be announced as so

Ernst and Young selected as consultant for UIDAI

Global consultancy firm, Ernst and Young has been selected as a project management consultant to the government`s ambitious project --Unique Identification Authority of India. The advisory firm has been selected for consultancy services to set up the Central Identities Data Repository (CIDR) and selection of Managed Service Provider (MSP), a statement from the Authority said toda

FM gives STPI a miss

Union finance minister, Pranab Mukherjee remained silent on extension of STPI scheme in his budget speech. With no announcement the tax benefits enjoyed by the IT industry for over a decade will come to an end from March’2011. However with increase of minimum alternate tax (MAT) from 15% to 18%, the tax liability of IT units will increase this year too. The budget appeared

Rs 1900 cr allocated to UIDAI

The finance minister in his budget speech announced allocation of Rs 1900 crore to the UID project. FM said that, “UID will meet its commitment of issuing the first set of UID numbers in the coming year.” The UID would provide an effective platform for financial inclusion and targeted subsidy payments to the residents. The unique identification author

Income tax department to open Aaykar Seva Kendras

As a part of Government`s initiative to move towards citizen centric governance, the income tax department has introduced sevottam, a pilot project at Pune, Kochi and Chandigarh through Aayakar Seva Kendras. These provide a single window system for registration of all applications including those for redressal of grievances as well as paper returns. The scheme will be extended

1133 Cr outlay for MMP on commercial taxes

Centre has approved a mission mode project (MMP) for computerization of commercial taxes in states with an outlay of Rs.1133 crore of which the centre`s share is Rs.800 crore. This was stated by union finance minister Pranab  Mukherjee in his budget speech, today. The project will lay the foundation for the launch of GST across the country. The MMP will facilitate the indirect tax

Finance ministry to set up technology advisory group

Finance minister in his budget speech 2010-11 has proposed to setup a technology advisory group for unique projects under the chairmanship of UIDAI chief, Nandan Nilekani. The group will look into various technological and systemic issues in the establishment of unique projects to ensure an effective tax administration and financial governance system. The minister called for c

Passport Seva project to be launched in March

The much awaited Passport Seva project will be launched this March, joint secretary (CPV) in ministry of external affairs told Governance Now. "A date has not been finalized yet. However all issues related to the software has been sorted out," the official said. The project was to be launched in March last year in Chandigarh and Bangalore followed by th

6000 crores for ICT in school under the XI five year plan

Government has made an outlay of Rs.6000 crores in the XI five year plan for the centrally sponsored scheme for information and communication technology (ICT) in schools, this was stated by the Minister of State for Human Resource Development, D. Purandeswari, in a written reply to a question, in the Lok Sabha yesterday. The sharing pattern between the central government and sta

Govt mulls USD 10 bn spend on e-governance programme

The government plans to spend USD 10 billion on the national e-governance program, a senior government official today said. "The government has committed about USD 10 billion to this program, of which composite of some investment is coming from private partners and also from the state governments," Ministry of Communication & Information Technology Additional Secret

Railways to give SMS update of reservation status

Railways will be introducing SMS updates of reservation status and movements of wagons to freight customers; this was announced by Mamata Banerjee, minister for railways while presenting the railway budget for the year 2010-11 in the Lok Sabha today. The minister also announced the lowering of service charges on e-ticket to Rs 20 for AC classes and Rs 10 for sleeper classes. The

National database for arms license holders

Mullappally Ramachandran, Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs , in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha yesterday stated that the government is planning  a national database of arms license holders. The government will review various provisions of the Arms Act, 1959 and Arms Rules, 1962 with regard to grant of arms licenses for possession of arms and ammuniti

20-fold hike likely in budget for UIDAI

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is likely to spend Rs 200 per head for providing a 16-digit number to people as the allocation for the ambitious project may see a 20-fold increase in the 2010-11 Union Budget. The UIADI, for which government had earmarked Rs 100 crore in the last fiscal, may get an allocation of nearly Rs 2,000 crore in this year`s budget, off

UID Authority forms awareness and communications strategy advisory council

The unique identification authority of India (UIDAI) has formed an awareness and communications strategy advisory council (ACSAC) to recommend awareness and communication strategies for achieving the UIDAI purpose and communication goals. The council will recommend additional research or studies that need to be taken to understand the behavior of the diverse target audience of U

Financial inclusion needs key players` inter-operability

Collaborative efforts between telecom companies and the banking and financial sector alone will leverage mobile penetration in rural areas for financial inclusion, said S R Rao, additional secretary at the information technology department (DIT). “Most people in this country -  in fact over 70 % of the citizens - have no access to banking services. They don`t have bank accoun

File complaints with Maha police online

 The Maharashtra government unveiled its e-police complaint system at the 13th national conference at Jaipur on Friday. With the launch of this e-gov initative the residents of Maharashtra will be able to register a police complaint online and also get a receipt on their mobile phone. “The person will not have to go to a police station anymore,” said Ajay Bhusan

Inter-ministerial group for financial inclusion

An inter-ministerial group (IMG)  will be drafting the road-map to complete financial inclusion for India. “The IMG will be within the department of information technology,” S R Rao, additional secretary of the department said, adding, “The home ministry,  banking and financial sector organizations, telecom department, posts, the Reserve Bank of India

CSC services for free?

 The government might just be rethinking its tack on the revenue model for common service centre (CSC) project. The public grievances minister Prithviraj Chavan on Thursday suggested that government services being provided through common service centres (CSCs) be made available free of charge for all citizens. The department of administrative reforms (DARPG), which comes un

"Unsuccessful e-gov projects need to go"

The minister of state for personnel and public grievances Prithviraj Chavan has called for a mechanism to get citizens` feedback on e-governance projects. "We need to develop some kind of mechanism to check that these projects actually deliver what they promise. The best and most honest feedback wil always come from the users," Chavan said on Thursday at the national e-go

Visionary Talk: Arvind Sawant, Member of Parliament with Kailashnath Adhikari, MD, Governance Now


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