Mobile vans to collect e-waste in Delhi soon

If you live in Delhi, you may no longer have to depend on a scrap dealer to dispose of your old computer. Earth Sense Recycle Private Limited, a recycling company, plans to deploy mobile vans to collect e-waste across the city. “We already have mobile vans in Hyderabad, and within the next two months we will launch this service in Delhi,” said John Robert,  CEO,

File grievances in local language now

The public grievances department (DARPG) will soon let citizens file their complaints online - in their local language. The department, which already has a website in english offering online complaint filing, is running `pilots` for the same service in Haryana and Rajasthan with a Hindi interface. "Different state and central government departments have linked

IT ministry sets standards for inter-operability

The ministry of communication and information technology has notified data standards to boost inter-operability amongst  all ICT-enabled ministries and departments across the country. "Three standards have been notified - font standards, meta-data and data standards for person identification and land region codification. This will enable departmenst across the country t

Passport application status through phone, SMS

Have you applied for a passport and want to know the status of your application? All you have to do is make a phone call or send an SMS. The Regional Passport Office in Delhi has launched an interactive voice response system (IVRS) based tele-enquiry to provide application status information. Applicants can also get information on procedure for applying for passpor

"PPP is not public versus private!"

Even as the PPP is in the stage of conceptualisation, the government seems to think that there is no private partner involved. The plans that are developed, thus, seem wonderful on paper but are not sustainable in the long run as business models. The revenue-support model doesn`t work in different local contexts. In some cases, Srei-SAHAJ had to literally support the government financia

What ails PPP in eGovernance?

Four years ago, in 2006, the central government launched the National eGovernance Plan (NeGP) to use IT in the delivery of government services. Until then there were pockets of eGovernance initiatives in the country. Aimed at taking government services to the doorstep of every citizen, the $6 billion NeGP was to be executed in partnership with the private players who had the know

National conference on eGov to review action plan

The government is organising a national conference on eGovernance at Jaipur to review the action plan for strengthening the implementation of citizen-oriented services in the country. The two-day conference, starting February 18, is being organised by the ministry of personnel, public grievances and personnel and will be attended by IT managers of central and state governments, software

NIIT bags Rs 228 cr e-gov project

NIIT technology, a leading IT solution company has bagged a Rs 228 crore project from the Border security force (BSF) called intranet Prahari project The project involves setting up of the complete infrastructure, network and applications to facilitate operations management, integrated financial activities and human resources management for the force. The shares of

Bihar to help Rajasthan in setting up SMS-based monitoring system

Bihar is fast turning into an e-governance consultant. After sharing its expertise in its pioneering e-governance project Jankari with many other states, it is now helping Rajasthan set up a SMS-based monitoring system. Officials associated with this project will soon visit Rajasthan to teach how the system works. Bihar became the first state to launch the SMS-based monitoring sy

Messaging empowerment

Sending over a thousand messages in a minute would probably earn one the much reviled label of a spammer. Ravi Ghate has been doing so for more than four years now but that`s the last thing one would call him. Ravi Ghate is the founder-director of SMSOne, a sms-based community news service and NASSCOM Social Innovation award-winner. Having established his presence in rural Mahara

Railways takes a giant step to get closer to you

Indian Railways is taking consumer comfort to the next level. After having tasted stupendous success on the online reservation front, it is all set to make all its services accessible through a single web portal. Soon you will be able to book a retiring room, cloak room, pay for freight charges, book parcel and  lodge a complaint online. Currently, passengers

MCD brings citizen services to your door step

Thanks to Municipal Corporation of Delhi`s new initiative, you will soon be able to pay your telephone and electricity bills, apply for passport and book movie tickets at a neighbourhood kiosk. A number of government-to- citizen services (G2C) will be made available online by the end of this month. Named ‘Aapke Dwar’, the civic body has started setting up kiosks in a

CISCO collaboration with NIOS to introduce ICT curriculum

Cisco on Thursday announced its collaboration with the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) to introduce the ICT curriculum in six select Accredited Vocational Institutes (AVIs). These institutes would provide IT Essentials: PC hardware and networking Information Technology course to around 100 students each year as part of their offerings, the company said in a statement in Bang

K`taka`s telecentres may integrate with CSCs

Karnataka`s 799 `Nemmadi` telecentres could soon form a chunk of the central government`s common service centres (CSCs) across the state. Nemmadi telecentres are single-window kiosks set up by the state government to provide information on land-records, registration of births and deaths, delivery of birth and death certificates - all online.  Application

How Jankari has fared so far

Sivnath Saini, a law student from Hajipur in Vaisali district, 90 km from the Bihar capital, is furious. His university has not furnished his degree certificates and he wants to know why. He has dialled 155310, a dedicated telephone line launched by the state government for its residents to file Right To Information (RTI) applications. Vandana, an executive at Jankari, the call c

Passport-in-three-day project to be launched in two weeks

The Passport Seva Project, which will put passport-issue on a fast-track, will be up for launch in a week or two, the Mint reported on Wednesday quoting an unnamed senior official at the ministry of external affairs (MEA). The newspaper quoted the official as saying: “The infrastructu

e-Forms are the norm

Money is a plastic card, orders are mouse-clicks on icons and transactions are numbers and codes entered on a website over a secure connection. So, paper forms and long queues seem plain archaic for business in a digital world. Thankfully, obsolescence of this nature has been taken care of by MCA 21 – since 2006. Anybody wanting to register a company in India now can do so by logging on to th

IT majors line up for e-migrate project

The country`s top three IT services firms—Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Infosys Technologies and Wipro—are in the race to grab the Rs 100 crore e-migrate project under the ministry of overseas Indian affairs (MOIA), sources told FE. The project, which aims to improve the quality of services to emigrant workers, is one of the 27 mission mode projects (MMP) under the Rs 23,000 crore national

eGov in NCTE to check corruption

In a move to ensure transparency and curb possibilities of corruption in the functioning of National Council for Teachers` Education, the government on Thursday launched an eGovernance set up that seeks to end the manual handling of matters relating to recognition of institutes. On the pattern of AICTE, the government started a new portal of the NCTE. The aspiring institutes will

L&T Infotech to implement e-gov project for AICTE

L&T Infotech, a wholly owned subsidiary of L&T, today said that it has won a prestigious e-governance implementation project from the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), an institution affiliated to the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD). L&T Infotech is enabling AICTE provide efficient and effective services to all its stakeholders and to bri


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