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The ”other side” of Internet

Posted by egovernance on September 28, 2006

The ”other side” of Internet Undoubtedly, Internet is the greatest invention of the 20th century. But like everything else, it also has a darker and dangerous side. From Net crime to addiction, it’s a dangerous place out there on the information superhighway. Shashwat Chaturvedi

Shyam Asher (name changed) suffers from a disease that he is unable to pronounce. Asher works as a manager at one of the major media groups in the country, and can be found online most of the time. For years, he had been suffering from a nagging backache, and almost gave up after trying out quite many doctors and remedies. One fine day, he decided to give Internet a chance to play doctor, he poured out all his ills to the Google search box and indeed the doctor quickly diagnosed his illness as ankylosing spondylitis.

Now, Asher leads an austere life as defined by Dr. Google, recently, he has given up eating wheat and does not have dairy products, also his food should be cooked in olive oil, much to the chagrin of his mother. Don’t they say, too much of something is a bad thing, and the Internet can be at times be that too much.

Over the last few years more and more people have come to depend on the Internet for everything right from buying stuff to finding succor for loneliness. And this dependency could create a lot of issues. The Internet is a great medium for everything and like any other medium has its pros and cons. Most of us are aware of the pros, lets take a look at the cons.

The macro and the micro

Broadly, Internet related problems could be bracketed under two headings, macro and micro. Cyber wars, where hackers from one country deface websites from another, for instance during the Kargil conflict, a lot of Indian websites were defaced. Or cyber crimes like phishing, wherein people’s banks accounts are attacked. There is also, the DOS (denial of service) attacks by hackers, where specific websites are targeted.

These are the broader threats that one faces on the Internet. On the other end of the spectrum, are micro issues, or people problems. Issues like addiction or overt dependency fall under this header.

Cyber wars and other

Internet poses a potential threat of the breakout of information warfare. Some countries have applied the Internet into military operations, have conducted mock attacks against other countries’ networks, or have fabricated deceptive information harmful to other countries’ military forces. At a time when the information networks have become an important infrastructure of the nation and the military, the information warfare will be a war without the explosives, a war with a high invisibility, low cost, international, and multi-area (political, military, economic, social and material resources) approach.

There had been a recent controversy with the Google Earth satellite images, which are being argued posing threat for the defense of India. Zoom-in at the Bangalore airport on Google Earth, and you will find the type of fighter jets India has parked there. Korean government had already banned the images of the defense areas of the country on the Google Earth.

Speaking from the Indian perspective, the New-Gen is distinctly different from the old one. Over time, attitudes seem to be undergoing drastic changes due to the impact of the online medium. The “I know all” attitude has come into being, as information is at hand. This arrogance is quite at display at the numerous schools and colleges in the metros.

Not only that, most of the college-goers today rely on the Internet for all their assignments; good old understanding and hard work has taken a beating. Students tend to ‘google’ rather than work their way out of academic problems. The effects could be quite bad. In this case, most faculty feel the CTRL-A, CTRL-C and CTRL-V attitude of the students would not help them in the long run.

Then there are the health issues like obesity and insomnia or sleeplessness. With most of the people getting online, working for long sitting down they tend to gain more weight over a period of time.

Impact on children

Frequent and prolonged Internet sessions may pose physical health risks for children. The most frequently cited are visual strain, harmful effects of radiation, and posture and skeletal problems. But apart from them, psychological issues can be quite dangerous. The availability of porn and the threat from strangers is on the rise, take the recent case of an Ahmedabad girl, who was lured to a private place through chat room by a man, who, along with his friends, attempted to molest her. Thankfully, she was saved. But imagine so many youngsters are at risk from such lecherous individuals.

According to a study conducted in Beijing, Internet corrupts people’s minds, influences and changes moral perspectives and ethical values. Driven by the profits in the numbers of hundreds of millions of dollars, the pornography merchants across the globe have opened adult websites, massively producing various kinds of sex information. This development has led the Commerce Committee of the U.S. Senate to propose the “1995 Communications Act for Good Behavior” to prohibit sex crimes committed on the Internet.

Personally speaking

Are you hooked to the Net? Do you feel the compulsive need to check your e-mail every 15 minutes? If yes, it could just be the start of an addiction to the Internet. In the West, there have been many cases of families getting disrupted through virtual relationships developed on World Wide Web.

“While not yet defined as a true addiction, many are suffering the consequences of obsession with the online world, unable to control their use. From gaming to sexual and emotional relationships, the Internet is taking over lives. More and more people will be confronted with consequences such as divorce and physical symptoms which will force them to seek both medical and psychological treatment,” comments Diane Wieland, a clinical specialist based in the US.

In the US and Europe, cyber porn and online gambling and gaming are some of the factors that drive addiction. Recently, in Scotland, there was a case where a man was arrested for siphoning off a million pounds into his personal account to feed his uncontrollable online gambling habit. Experts say that Cyberaddiction is a condition akin to pathological gambling or compulsive shopping.

In India, Net addiction has not reached such alarming rates. But the proliferation of computers and the way in which email has replaced snail mail, has changed the way we communicate.

Some of the physical symptoms of addiction are dry eyes, sleep deprivation, carpal tunnel syndrome and headaches. Internet addicts may also get the “cyber shakes” when off line, exhibiting agitation and typing motions of the fingers when not at the computer.

Coming back to Asher, his family is still trying to cope up with his net addiction — hoping, someday he will emerge out of Dr. Google’s care.

(With Priya Padmanabhan, Bhaskar Hazarika and R Jai Krishna)

© CyberMedia News


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PM urges for improved governance in states

Posted by egovernance on September 28, 2006

PM urges for improved governance in states

PM urges for improved governance in statesThursday, September 28, 2006 (Chandigarh):

Asking states to lay special focus on improving the quality of governance, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has advised them to promote e-governance.

“E-governance can make governments more citizen-friendly and business-friendly. I urge you to work on improving the governance in your states,” he said after inaugurating a PHDCCI-organised conclave of chief ministers.

In the final analysis, what will differentiate one state from another was the quality of governance, Singh noted.

“You will have to provide the necessary leadership and vision to ensure that government institutions perform better, attitudes change, and tax payers get their money’s worth,” he said.

Singh also said that Delhi and Chandigarh had taken interesting initiatives in taking public services to the common man through the use of IT and that such initiatives improve efficiency, transparency and customer satisfaction.

Singh asked the states to make investments in public sector more productive and make public services more efficient and effective.

Investment in people

“You have to invest in your people. While we in Delhi are providing a supportive policy environment, you will have to do much more to capitalise on emerging knowledge economy,” Singh said.

Stressing the need for better primary schools, Singh said, “You need more colleges, technical institutions, vocational training programmes and R&D centers. This is true for all the states.”

He said Chandigarh, for example, was moving towards competency tests and certification of graduates so that it can become an IT hub. “We need more such initiatives. I urge the chief ministers to pay special attention to human development challenge in the region,” the Prime Minister said.

Singh said that human resource has to be backed by top class infrastructure.

The Prime Minister asked the states to take advantage of National Urban Renewal Mission to change urban landscape and make cities modern and attractive.

He said new urban centers were needed. There was a lot each state could learn from another and cities in one state can serve the needs of people in neighboring states, Singh said adding that Haryana and UP had benefited from Delhi’s growth. (PTI)

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Interview with Eric S. Raymond on Open Source Software in Education

Posted by egovernance on September 25, 2006

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This wide-ranging interview with Eric Raymond didn’t turn out to be
the historical view of Open Source Software that I thought or hoped it
would be. ESR, as he is know to the Open Source or “hacker” community,
is one of the Open Source movement’s “most recognized and
controversial characters,” and while we didn’t delve into topics that
were too controversial (well, except for his position on a liberal
arts education), his responses to my questions were relatively brief
and direct¨Cleaving me ranging all over the map, trying to find some
area for discussion that would benefit educators. I’m not sure I fully
succeeded, but it was interesting!

Here are some of the items that we talked about:

* Eric is a strong believer in the pragmatic aspects of Open
Source Software, believing that the market will reward and promote
Open Source because of the quality of results that it provides. He is
less interested in the philosophical or moral arguments of Richard
Stallman and the “Free Software” movement. He also felt, along with
the other founders of the Open Source Initiative, that the phrase
“open source” would be more likely to attract business support than
“free software.” When I tried to point out the links between this way
of programming and the academic world¨Cwhere knowledge is freely
distributed¨CI felt he was a little guarded about making that
association. I also think Eric’s answers to the assumption of Open
Source in schools depend on volunteers championing Open Source¨Cwhich
really depends on the philosophical commitment.
* Eric’s most well-known writing, an essay called “The Cathedral
and the Bazaar,” was a description of the methods used by Linus
Torvalds to create the Linux kernel. While we didn’t talk much about
this, it does seem that Eric was seminal in describing a method of
massive collaboration that had previously been believed could not
produce high-quality results. While others have taken the principles
from his essay and extended them into other spheres, he is less
interested in doing so because his expertise is in programming. I have
no such hesitation! Much of the interesting collaborative technologies
that we call “Web 2.0¡å (blogs, wikis, social networking tools) seem to
me to have both a technical and sociological roots in the Free and
Open Source Software movements. He wasn’t sure he actually believed
there was a “Web 2.0,” but I think my description was acceptable to
* Eric definitely had some negative things to say about Wikipedia,
and didn’t want to concede a comparison between Open Source
development and the collaboration of a wiki. I’m not sure I fully
understood why, and I wasn’t sure he was comparing “bests to
bestsӬCboth Open Source Software and wikis have successes and
failures, and I felt like he he may have painted the picture of Open
Source too positively.
* Eric’s view of Open Source Software in education was pragmatic:
the quality of open source software will be better than proprietary
software, and will ultimately win out. At the same time, he
acknowledged that proprietary vendors are likely to provide financial
incentives to keep schools using their software. I guess I am left
feeling dissatisfied with both the Free Software and Open Source
software answers to the question of adoption of their software in
education. If the Free Software movement requires a moral or
philosophical commitment by its users, it’s not really realistic to
think that is going to happen on a broad scale by educators who have
to see the technology as a means to an end. In Eric’s representation
of the Open Source movement, there is a dependence on the free market
to choose the best product, and I think we have to recognize that
capitalism is often messier than that. With no financial backing or
marketing of Open Source software, I’m not sure the best product does
come to the top. My standard example for this is the Apache, which
runs some 70% of the world’s web servers, would be a great program for
technical students to learn, but is virtually untaught in our
schools¨Cfor there is no marketing money promoting it to schools.
* In this vein, I asked Eric why we don’t have a United States
equivalent to South Africa’s Mark Shuttleworth¨ Cthat is, someone who
has had financial success because of Open Source Software, and who
then funds initiatives to provide the benefits of Open Source Software
to schools. Eric’s answer was that we can’t count on someone like
that¨Cthat Mark is a “random event.” However, it does seem to me that
the Free and Open Source Software movements in this country would be
greatly benefited by such a “random event,” and that a realistic view
of marketing and publicity would accept it as very important for
someone like that step forward.
* I followed my thread from the Larry Cuban interview about
computing in the classroom: basically, that the computer is still too
complicated and unreliable to be fully integrated into or to transform
the regular teacher’s teaching methods. What has occurred to me
recently, and which has been something of an eye-opener, is that this
description of the problem does help to explain why Linux is not
making more inroads in education. Among early adopters (those teachers
who are willing to spend the extra time on technology), the idea of a
freely available operating system has great appeal¨Cbut maybe we are
being tricked in that way. Early adopters may not have the same needs
or respond in the same way as mainstream educators, and maybe Linux
isn’t making more inroads because it essentially doesn’t answer, any
better, the needs of that individual mainstream teacher. While “free,”
and arguably more reliable, Linux is an unknown to most of them and
doesn’t actually present them with any more of an “appliance-like”
classroom tool than a Windows machine. (The standards for me of
“appliance-like” being the overhead projector and the iPod.) I then
broached the topic with Eric of a more “appliance-like” computer, and
he shot that down FAST. He said we can’t expect that for 10 or 20
years. I’m not sure he’s right. I think we don’t have an
“appliance-like” computer not because it’s not technically possible¨Cit
surely is¨Cbut maybe because 1) we’re not ready to trade reliability
for reduced functionality, or 2) because the decision-makers for
educational technology don’t see the value. But it’s not hard for me
to imagine a read-only PC that runs the web, word processing, and
spreadsheets, and saves to USB key only. We certainly have the
technological capability of producing such a machine, although that
doesn’t mean it would be successful.
* We did talk about the abundant changes in work that have been
brought about by the Internet, collaboration, and a higher standard of
living. I’ll have explore this later, but one of the effects of the
“Long Tail” world we now live in is that there are likely to be many
more opportunities for us to work¨Cas part of our vocations and
avocations¨Con things that interest and motivate us. If our educational
system has typically prepared us to have a breadth of skills, assuming
we may not have much choice in what we ultimately do, how will that
change when there is more choice? If schools continue to be rigid
institutions without much integration of technology, will the charter,
alternative, and homeschool movements become more and more attractive
to students?
* We did get into the fascinating topic of ownership or
accessibility of “metadata” from Web 2.0 services. This is something
Tim O’Reilly has talked about. I’ve been putting up on flickr all the
photos of my ancestors that we have previously had in several boxes,
and have been “tagging” them with information so that other family
members can easily find them and help organize them. All of that
data¨Cthe tags and the descriptions¨ Cis extremely valuable to me, and is
really only accessible to me as long as I am using flickr. So what
happens if flickr goes away, or has a system failure, or raises their
prices so much that I want to switch services? I’m pretty locked in.
No easy answers to this one, although Eric discusses the Open Source
way of solving this issue.
* We also talk about another favorite topic of mine¨Cthe changing
nature of the commercial relationship between producer and consumer,
and how Open Source has provided a model for more active participation
in the creation of the end product. Again, I always use the simplistic
example of American Idol, since the viewers actually end up helping to
create (choose) the product (singer) that they are likely to purchase

I’m grateful to Eric for taking the time to talk to me. Let’s hope
I’ve characterized the discussion accurately. 🙂

Steve Hargadon
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NIC, IBM join hands to provide Govt information

Posted by egovernance on September 25, 2006

NIC, IBM join hands to provide Govt information

MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 18: IT giant IBM has joined hands with National Informatics Centre to power the country’s official portal and provide a ‘single-point entry’ to government information and services.

The portal – – based on open standard and service-oriented architecture from IBM,

will provide a ‘single sign-on’ facility for government services and information on India besides offering access to over 5,000 websites,

NIC Director General Vijayaditya and IBM Vice President and Country Executive (Software Group and Developer relations) R Dhamodaran said.

The portal can also be used for other e-governance projects as well, they said.

The portal aims at enhancing features like search, localisation and personalisation of the content to suit the diverse requirements of the users.

The NIC and IBM will also work toward ensuring universal accessability of the portal for physically challenged and those using handheld devices, they added.

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Open Source software: Taking on the giants…

Posted by egovernance on September 25, 2006

Open Source software: Taking on the giants...


New Delhi, Sept 20: Free and open source software is fast taking on licenced software giants worldover, and in India too, it is catching the fancy of IT industry.

“The war is already brewing between software majors and proponents of open source and free software, which is becoming popular in developing countries, where high costs of the proprietory software is the major cause of rampant piracy,” says a new book “open source and the law” by legal counsel, Priti Suri.

The worldwideweb is the most successful example of open software. The Indian Institutes of Technology use open source software for research; and the government is also promoting its use in education and financial services and multiple E-governance projects, says Suri.

Unlike proprietory software, where every time a new user has to buy the software, open source allows the users to view and modify the source code, a set of instructions used in the creation of the software. When the source code is viewed by other users, who can make improvements to it, the modified versions of the same software are further redistributed to subsequent users to do similar things.

Technology research firm Gartner Inc has forecast that open source computing holds great promise in India and that the country’s technology adoption is gaining momentum. It expects a growth of 20.8 percent for the next four years in business spending on computer hardware, software and communication products, notes the book.

Trade associations including Nasscom and Mait believe that Linux and open source products can play an important role in spreading E-governance in India, with low cost local language applications. Deployment of open source software is also considered critical in it education at school level where low cost software is to be the real impetus, says the book.

“In capital starved economies like India, Open Source Software (OSS) is one of the most viable way of tacking technologies to the people and ensuring that the disadvantaged section of society is also a part of the technology wave that is sweeping across the world,” say Suri and her associates in the book.

The licenced software being developed by Microsoft and Oracle, is expensive and buying software at higher prices is the least of the concerns of the people who are more concerned with earning enough to support their livelihood, she says.

“OSS offers these people a better opportunity to avail the technology as it can be made available at a cheaper rate. Another benefit of this software is that in India, a large volume of rural population does not understand English, this Doftware can be converted into local languages, as the source code of the software is made available along with the program,” she says.

The governments of countries around the world like India, Brazil, South Africa, Vietnam, Malaysia and China have either started to adopt or feel the need for specific policies on OSS.

In India, though there is no specific legislation dealing with OSS, the free software foundation of India has submitted an opinion to the government. The OSS, however, has been able to make specific inroads into the country. President Kalam is also a supporter of OSS.

In one of his speeches, President Kalam called for the usage of non proprietory software especially by the military to ward off cyber security threat. The emphasis was on the fact that India should strive for self-reliance in software required for the development of critical weapons systems reminding that technology embargoes were imposed on India when nuclear devices were tested.

“The positives of OSS are immense for any country. However, these benefits can manifest only if a policy can truly capture the spirit of OSS, which has the inherent ability to give the right boost to the economy of any developing country,” says Suri.

Bureau Report

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Punjab signs MoU with CMS Computers for land records computerisation

Posted by egovernance on September 25, 2006

Punjab signs MoU with CMS Computers for land records computerisation Print E-mail
Punjab Newsline Network
Wednesday, 20 September 2006

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Government through Punjab Land Records Society (PLRS) has entered into an agreement with M/s CMS Computer Limited for providing citizen services under Integrated Land Management System (ILMS) project at 153 Tehsils/Sub-Tehsils.The ILMS covers comprehensive services of Land Records and Registration of Documents in a seamless manner under Public Private Partnership (PPP) Model. The MOU was signed between  Arvinder Singh Bains, Director of Land Records Punjab and Ramesh D. Grover, Chairman CMS Computers Ltd. Mumbai. Jasjit Singh Randhawa, Revenue and Rehabilitation Minister Punjab disclosed this while addressing the media after signing of the agreement.

Giving details of the project, the Minister said that this project envisages first the data entry of all the seven registers of the Patwari, updating of the records to the current level, and thereafter, providing land records related services to the citizens through he Nakal Kendras. All records would be updated on a perpetual manner through the software.

Adding further Randhawa said that the second part of the project includes the Computerisation of the processes of the Sub-Registrar office located all over the State. This includes scanning of the documents and fingerprint, taking digital photograph and registering the document. With the completion of this project the people of Punjab would be relieved of the complications of the land holdings in the State. Total land records would be updated and litigation could be minimized to a certain extent through this transparent and people friendly prestigious project.

He also said that the most important feature of this 95 crore project was that aforementioned land records system and registration system would be integrated in a seamless manner at a single platform, which was first of its kind in India.

Speaking on the occasion K. K. Bhatnagar, Financial Commissioner Revenue said that the implementation of the project would be done on Public Private Partnership under BOOT model. The private partner shall bring in the infrastructure, manpower and IT equipment to maintain and operate the project for the period of five years. The software for the project would be provided by the PLRS for which M/s Microsoft India Pvt. Ltd. has been selected as the Technology Partner.

Arvinder Singh Bains Director, Land Records Punjab said that the private partner is M/s CMS Computers Ltd., which is leading IT Services Company in the e-governance space. The company has successfully implemented similar projects like KAVERI, e-Seva, e-Suwidha, e-Mitra and Bangalore-One in other States.

The total project outlay for the period of five years, which includes provision for software, services, site preparation, training and project management. It would be made operational in all Tehsils and Sub-Tehsils by 31st December 2008. Advance Training for a period of 8 weeks would be imparted to 3900 Patwaries under this programme, said Bains.

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Exclusive: E- governance for villagers ?

Posted by egovernance on September 25, 2006

Exclusive: E- governance for villagers ?
Thursday, September 21, 2006 10:56:43 am

/photo.cms?msid=2013354 The government will consider rural areas’ step towards e-governance in the cabinet committee of economic affairs meeting today. This step could see more investment in rural areas, one lakh booths for villagers if they want to surf and pay their taxes on the net.

The villages will have internet kiosks like in cities. The government plans to put up one such kiosk for every five villages. The IT ministry’s ambitious scheme will call for one lakh Common Service Centres all over the country at a cost of Rs 4,800 crore and create 3 lakh direct jobs.

Other major issues on the agenda include the Trivandrum airport which is being expanded for international travellers at a cost of Rs 245 crore over ten years.

The agenda also includes big developments in the energy sector – with the CCEA to oversee activities of the ONGC Videsh Ltd, which looks at acquiring oilfields abroad, strengthening power distribution in the East and approval of a 2 million tonne coal project.

While on the agenda for the cabinet, amendments to the banking companies and the financial institutions Bill introduced in the Lok Sabha last year could get a miss as Finance Minister P Chidambaram is travelling to Korea. The review of the amalgamation of the Global Trust Bank with the Oriental Bank of Commerce could also be delayed owing to the same reason.

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LINUX NEWS:: News from Sep 22, 2006

Posted by egovernance on September 24, 2006

Linux Spreads its Wings in India, Sep 22 2006

EducationWith 4,000 students and just 21 computers, the Cotton Hill Girls High School in the south Indian city of Trivandrum wouldn’t appear to be at the vanguard of anything related to information technology. Yet the 71-year-old school is abandoning Microsoft (MSFT) Windows software in favor of its free, open-source rival, Linux.

- Stallman: OSDL patent project ‘worse than nothing’, Sep 22 2006

LegalAn effort by the Open Source Development Labs to help developers defend themselves against software patents has come under fire from Free Software Foundation founder Richard Stallman, who believes that the plan could backfire.

- Google eyeing up Sun OpenSolaris, Sep 22 2006

GoogleGoogle is reportedly experimenting with the open source version of Sun’s Solaris operating system as a possible long-term prelude to replacing its massive global network of Linux servers.

- Munich Begins to Switch Windows Out for Linux, Sep 22 2006

GovernmentMunich has begun its migration to Linux on the desktop, a year later than planned and nearly three years since the city announced its move to open source software.

- Teeny Linux PCs proliferate, Sep 22 2006

EmbeddedA small company has begun building its line of tiny, gumstick-sized single-board computers (SBCs) into miniscule packaged PCs that displace around 68 cc of volume and come with Linux pre-installed. Suggested apps for the teeny “Netstix” Linux PCs include webservers, printer servers, IP-telephony servers, security appliances.

- Novell’s NASDAQ headaches, Sep 22 2006
NovellWhen it rains, it pours. Novell Inc. announced on September 20 that it had received a staff determination notice from the NASDAQ Stock Market stating that the Linux common stock is in danger of being delisted from the market.

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On Line Course from IIT – Let Education Flourish

Posted by egovernance on September 24, 2006

Please spread this information across your friends…………………… And make
the best use of this.

The IITs have taken up an initiative of starting online teaching and
thus have started offering course materials online for every
engineering stream.

-Many professors from all the IITs have provided course materials
for each chapter and each subject.

-One has to register at the link provided below and can access the
course material.

-Every Chapter has been described with diagrams and charts.

– Please spread this message to everyone, as many can benefit from
this program taken up by the government and IIT.

This is just a trial period going on and hence i request everyone to
register at the link given.

1] Go to http://nptel.

2] Click on Courses

3] Sign up as a NEW USER

4] And one can access any course material.

Please spread the word, so that this initiative benefits as many
students as possible.

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Karnataka:: State govt goes to the rural areas, via IT

Posted by egovernance on September 24, 2006

State govt goes to the rural areas, via IT
DH News Service Bangalore: DH News Service Bangalore:

Karnataka will soon become the first State in the country to decentralise its administrative works to the grassroots level, as the state government will launch Rural Digital Service (RDS) titled ‘Nemmadi’ in 800 hoblis on October 1…

Karnataka will soon become the first State in the country to decentralise its administrative works to the grassroots level, as the state government will launch Rural Digital Service (RDS) titled ‘Nemmadi’ in 800 hoblis on October 1.

These ‘Tele Centres’ will deliver around 37 government services, functioning as virtual offices, bringing the citizen closer to government transactions. The centres will also facilitate a range of private services to rural citizens, including the likes of sale of mobile phones, sale of insurance, access to exam results, etc.

Transaction cost for interacting with the Government will be a maximum of Rs 15. The cost will also gradually decrease, with the services increasing. The centres will be a one stop shop for rural citizens to connect with the outside world. 25 Tele Centres will be set up by October 1, another 225 by November 1 and the remaining Centres in a phased manner by January 31, 2007.

Announcing this to the media on Saturday, Revenue Minister Mr Jagadish Shettar said that this service would bring relief to thousands of villagers who would want to get their routine work done in government offices. “The Bhoomi project, although successful, has accessibility problems. Several villagers have constantly complained of having to travel long distances to their taluks to get their works done,” he said, adding that the government has decided to set up village Tele Centres at approximately 800 hoblis to solve this problem.

“The Education department also proposes to use these village Tele Centres for delivery of computer aided education under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan programme to primary and higher primary school children,” he added.

Back-up power

Mr Rajeev Chawla, Secretary, e-governance said that measures like backup power facility will be provided in case of power failures. “There will be a backup power supply of a minimum of four hours at every centre, so that customers are not inconvenienced,” he said. The government has tied up with Mumbai-based 3i Infotech as its partner for the programme.

List of Services

* Birth , death, caste, Income, Residence, Non tenancy certificates

* Agricultural family member, Surviving family members certificates,

* Income certificate for compassionate appointment,

* Unemployment , No govt job, Agricultural labour, marginal farmer certificates

* Landholding, Bonafide, Solvency Birth/ death registration,

n Pension for the elderly, Physically handicapped, Widows


*Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy to inaugurate Nemmadi in Ramanagaram on Oct 1.

* 30 per cent of those recruited as employees at tele centres will be physically handicapped.

* 3i Infotech and its two partners N-Logue (Chennai) and Comat (Bangalore) to invest Rs 30 crore

* Karnataka needs 5,500 tele centres, one per Grama Panchayat.

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