Punjab Police Goes Hi-Tech
In a bid to improve transparency and efficiency, the Police Department of Punjab has decided to go digital by this year.
As a part of pilot project, the Department has introduced new concepts of e-investigation, e-beat and e-challan that have been implemented only in Jalandhar, Ludhiana, SAS Nagar Mohali and Amritsar for now.
The use of IT in policing will help increase transparency, said Rajpal Sandhu, DCP (Crime), Jallandhar city. He added that e-investigation would help in documenting all the evidence where photos and records of criminals will be uploaded on the server.
Mr. Sandhu went on to say that the idea of e-beat will help monitor each constable throughout his patrolling route. The beat officers would be provided with hi-tech mobile phones. The GPS system will help them to stay connected with the SHO and he/she would thus be able to upload and share data/photos through e-mails. The shared data will remain available for the future references.
As far as e-challan is concerned, the officer told e-gov that records of challans will be digitized and fines would be paid online too.
Office Automation and Imaging Applications Improve Governance
Focusing on the deployment of Office Automation and Imaging Technologies to help in an inclusive and people centric growth of the economy, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) organized a National Seminar titled “Empowering Inclusive Growth” in New Delhi on 4th October.
The inaugural session was held by B.K. Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development who held that technological applications had led to an unprecedented increase in the efficiency of government’s operations. He also said that the applications have helped reaching out to millions for several flagship government programs such as the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and The Unique Identification Authority project.
Dr. C. Chandramouli, Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India, mused on increasing effeciency and time shortening function of the applications. In his opening remarks, Kensaku Konishi, Chairman, CII Office Automation and Imaging Division and President and CEO, Canon India Pvt Limited said that the use of technologies is especially relevant to governmental institutions, given the stated objective of the 12th five year plan is to ensure more transparency in functioning of social sector schemes.
e-Gov Magazine was the media partner of the knowledge sharing event.
IT Policy 2011 Aims to Extend NeGP
While unveiling the Draft National Policy on Information Technology, 2011; expansion of the National e-Governance Plan has been recognized as a key thrust area. The policy draft of Information Communications Technology (ICT) and Electronics sector was released by Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Kapil Sibal, here in New Delhi, on 7th of October.
Aiming to raise the revenues of IT and ITES industry to rise to $300 billion by 2010 from $88 billion at present, the draft also distinguished to mandate provision of all government services through electronic mode within a fixed time frame by enactment of the Electronic Delivery of Services (EDS) Bill. The policy also pondered over one more area of making at least one individual in every household e-literate.
More than 200 Aadhaar Stations in Karnataka District
Almost 225 Aadhaar (Unique Identification Number) card allotment stations will soon be set up in various parts of Mandya district in the state of Karnataka. D H Ravindra, Chief Executive of Centre for e-Governance, said around 18 lakh people will be provided with Aadhaar cards within a short period of time. In the first stage, around 20 to 25 stations will be established in the district headquarters and will be extended to all taluk headquarters. Later, stations will be established for each gram panchayat, he said. Explaining how the UID card will be useful, he said, the state government alone can save around Rs 3500 crore by doing away with unauthorized LPG and BPL card beneficiaries. A person who has the UID card can identify himself anywhere in the country with his 12 digital numbers. This number will help him to avail benefits of government schemes and also can be used for multiple purposes he said.
Ravindra appealed to the media to educate people that the service of allotting the UID card is free and that there is no need to employ middlemen.
Manipur Dealers to Pay VAT Online
State government of Manipur has recently launched e-service facility to enable payment of Value Added Tax (VAT) and registration through the internet. The facility was launched at a function held at the Taxation office by the Sazad Hassan, Commissioner, Taxation and RK Khurkishwar, Nodal officer, VAT Computerization. Dealers and businessmen of zone I and II who have registered under the Department of Taxes will be able to receive this facility. The programme has been taken up by the Department of Taxation, GoM under the Mission Mode Project of Commercial Tax (MNP-CT).
The VAT computerization works is a key governance initiative taken up under the National e-Governance Plan by the Commercial Tax mission Mode Programme of the Central government.
Click on Facebook to Like Lucknow Police!
After Delhi Police opened up its official page on the Facebook site, now the Lucknow Police have followed the same lead. In a bid to expand its reach to the public, the police force of Lucknow city has come up with a page on the social networking site. The page would serve the public and also redress the grievances online. Lucknow Police could be reached through the site and after investigation, if necessary, an FIR would be registered, said a senior police official.
The official added that the page would be having mobile and landline numbers of all the police stations and senior officers of the city. People can also lodge complaint against erring police officers on the page. The Facebook account is generating encouraging response from the public, he said.
Orissa IT Minister Launches District
Helping the common citizens and will help one to get information about their district, Orissa IT, Minister Ramesh Chandra Majhi recently inaugurated a new website for Nabarangpur district.
At the inauguration, Majhi said, “The portal will help the common citizens and will help one to get information about the district. One can easily obtain forms, data of the district. Information technology aims to develop human resources, public communication, trade and commerce and reaching technology people’s doors. He pledged the new generation to build a digital Orissa. Government will help IT reach the common citizen so as to narrow down the digital divide. Widespread applications of IT would establish a system where the citizens will receive good governance ensuring speed of decisions from a transparent Government through an effective e-Governance System.”
All departments and civic agencies in Delhi would be expected to share information on the status of the projects and also update the capital’s spatial database on a monthly basis – under the soon to come – Delhi Geographical Spatial Data Infrastructure Act 2011. The government is preparing to implement the act from November 15. The database, an interconnected 3D global information system, captures the demographics of the capital and utilities like storm water drains, sewer lines, roads, infrastructure and urban planning projects through secured communication networks.
Geospatial Delhi Limited, with the chief secretary of Delhi as its chairman, will be in charge of maintaining and updating the database. Constituted about two years ago, the company has now sought applications from experts trained in handling the specialized database. It proposes to hire 30 to 40 geo-spatial advisers on contract for one year. The information technology secretary, Rajendra Kumar, said that once the Delhi Geographical Spatial Data Infrastructure (Management, Control, Administration, Security and Safety) Act, 2011, was implemented, all departments would be expected to share information on the status of the projects and also update the database on a monthly basis. Each department and civic agency will have a dedicated section where the database can be accessed and updated.
Better Services to the Pensioners
The Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare has been implementing a web based Mission Mode Project namely “Pensioners’ Portal” under the National e-Governance Plan since March, 2007. Under the same, the Department has Centralized Pension Grievance Redressal and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS) vide which the pension related grievances of various Ministries are forwarded to the respective Ministries/Department for early redressal.
The department with the help of NIC has developed an updated version of CPGRAMS, which is based on integration of the data base of CPGRAMS, under the administrative control of Department of AR&PG and the CPENGRAMS, administered by Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare. Now, the pension related grievances will be combined with other grievances and therefore receipt from multiple sources will not be there for the Ministries/Departments.
This will also facilitate disposal of grievances for all Ministries/ Departments who can now log on to CPGRAMS and look into the pension grievances. Earlier they had to log on to CPENGRAMS & CPGRAMS separately.