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PM office moots monitor for DoNER

Posted by egovernance on October 22, 2006

PM office moots monitor for DoNER

 

 http://www.telegraphindia.com/1061022/asp/northeast/story_6901084.asp

 

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1061022/asp/northeast/story_6901084.asp

New Delhi, Oct. 21: The ministry for Development of the Northeastern Region (DoNER) has come under the scanner of the Prime Minister’s Office.

The latter has expressed the need for a monitoring mechanism to ensure accountability for funds spent in the northeastern states.

The budget allocation for the region for 2006-07 is Rs 12,041 crore, which includes Rs 1,350 crore provided to the DoNER ministry. In the last fiscal, the region was allocated a Rs 9,308-crore budget, in addition to Rs 400 crore for a special railway project.

At a review meeting of the ministry held in the PMO on October 16, the office suggested that schemes and expenditure under DoNER should be monitored. “There is a lot of pilferage (of funds) somewhere,” a source alleged.

Sources in the ministry conceded that the point was discussed at the meeting but refused to divulge details. They said time-bound sanctioning of funds and implementation of programmes would improve the situation.

A monitoring mechanism, where the Planning Commission could be involved, is being considered. While it is easy to keep an eye on the bigger projects, implementation of many small ventures will also be monitored through independent agencies.

Discussing the Eleventh Plan recently, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh raised the growth rate bar to nine per cent. But the Northeast is still lagging behind in growth rate.

Sources in the Planning Commission said the DoNER ministry needs to upgrade to framing policies and programmes for the region instead of simply deciding on fund allocation from the non-lapsable central pool of resources. Ten per cent of the plan budget is allocated to each ministry or department for schemes in the region. If unspent, the money is transferred to the central pool the following year.

“The ministry should have its own panel of experts and not just a pool of officers,” said an official.

The northeastern states fall under a special category, which entails a 90 per cent grant from the government. The remaining 10 per cent comes by way of loans. But internal revenue generation is poor, with only Assam showing signs of “improving”.

The Planning Commission grants additional assistance to the states for their own projects but is critical of their unwillingness to raise resources through taxes or levies.

Since tribals do not pay income tax, many states in the Northeast, including Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh, do not contribute to the central income tax kitty.

Arunachal Pradesh was given additional central assistance of Rs 236.02 crore for 2006-07, of which Rs 60.7 crore was meant for construction of the Assembly and secretariat buildings alone.

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Alliance for Community Capacity Building in Northeast India

Posted by egovernance on October 22, 2006

 

Alliance for Community Capacity Building in Northeast India

Projects




 

Our current initiatives:

  1. promoting free & open source software
  2. facilitating online access to ‘open access’ scholarly & scientific literature and ‘public domain’ resources
  3. promoting good governance & adoption of information communication technology in the non-profit sector
  4. helping public, civic players and academia to make effective use of internet & digital technology

We are seeking support for the following project:

A state of the art IT and Media centre in Guwahati eventually suporting affiliated satellite centres scattered throughout the region. The centre will

  1. provide access to civic actors enabling them to take advantage of the capacity of ICT in their respective fields in their effort to build a vibrant civil society, protect basic liberties and create a terror free environment
  2. run seminars/workshops to help members of the community to develop skills
  3. help build entrepreneurship to take advantage of the global market place
  4. provide students, teachers and researchers affordable access to scholarly content
  5. develop low-cost ICT toolsets for enterprises and technology support for the enterprises, non-profit and academic institutions, and civil society governance
  6. develop networks to empower civil society

The centre will use the most cost-effective way to run services and use free & open source software ensuring value to money. The centre will strive to be a model of good governance.

 

 

 

 

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Jairam Ramesh quizzes NE states on funds

Posted by egovernance on October 21, 2006

Jairam Ramesh quizzes NE states on funds
Where is the Rs 15,000 crore?
Staff Correspondent
SHILLONG, Oct 19: Where is the Rs 15,000 crore being allotted annually to the north-eastern States, Union Minister of State for Commerce Jairam Ramesh asked the States concerned today. Ramesh was speaking at the inaugural session of the national seminar on ‘Look East Policy: Impact in North East India’ organized by Synod College today. Ramesh could embarrass top politicians like Meghalaya Chief Minister JD Rymbai, his predecessor DD Lapang, Tura MP PA Sangma and others.
“Annually the Central Government spends Rs 15,000 crore for the 30 million people in the region, and if we divide the amount, each citizen of the seven sister States should get Rs 5000,” stated the Union Minister. “Had the Centre directly given the money to the people, poverty would have been alleviated by now,” said Ramesh, adding, “Where has the money gone? The people should ask those who are in the seat of power.”
Observing that the sluggish infrastructural development in the North-east is because of the State Governments’ incompetence and large-scale misuse of funds that deprived the people to reap the benefits, the Union Minister of State for Commerce said, “The people were deprived of their dues because a huge chunk of the funds goes to politicians, their patrons, contractors, builders and the rich influential class.” Jairam Ramesh called upon the people to use the Right to Information Act in order to expose the malpractices of those in power.
Touching on the Look East Policy, which he said the Government is trying to put on the right track, Ramesh opined that the Look East Policy would only glow if the region creates a right environment for political integration with India and economic integration with the ASEAN countries. Stating that the Centre’s Look East Policy is to first look at the North-east and beyond the East Asia, the Union Minister advocated faster infrastructural development through a close State-Centre collaboration “besides a conducive environment”. With ASEAN economy being the fastest growing economy in the world, Ramesh foresaw the Look East Policy as boon to the North-east, but he cautioned that unless “we talk only about potential and do not produce surplus products for exports, the North-east will continue to reel under its own expectations.”
“It’s about time that economic activities to foster growth and not violence should get the headlines to boost the Look East Policy, and the bottlenecks and barriers for the region should be removed to achieve the objectives,” Ramesh said.
Lamenting that Bangladesh has been a stumbling block to the mooted integrated economy of ASEAN countries and the reluctance of foreign investors to come to the region, the Minister of Commerce, however, said that the Indian Government had already sanctioned and spent Rs 100 crore for Hakyam Port in Myanmar for access to the north-eastern States. The Union Minister also believes that the free trade agreement with the ASEAN countries will pave the way for the North-east to sell itself beyond the destination it has conceived. He urged the different State Governments to play their part in fulfilling the objecting of selling the region through sincere implementation of schemes and utilization of funds related to development of infrastructure.

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NE languages to be focus of survey by Mysore-based institute

Posted by egovernance on October 21, 2006

NE languages to be focus of survey by Mysore-based institute
From Prabal Kr Das
MYSORE, Oct 20 – The various languages of North East India would be the focus of a major survey to be carried out by the Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL) based in Manasagangothri, Mysore. The gains would not just be in the sphere of language studies, but are likely to open a new window to the culture and environment of the region.

The ambitious national survey would seek to document the languages used in various parts of the North East along with the rest of India, and later collate those in a digital database. Once complete, it would be one of the richest language corpuses in the world.

Interacting with mediapersons as part of a workshop on Education and Sustainable Development, organised by UNESCO and Panos, senior officials of the CIIL said the survey, which should start around early next year, is likely to come up with a wide range of knowledge on language and language use. “It is possible that we will be able to document some languages, which will add to the diversity of languages used in the country,” said an official.

In the context of the North East, the survey could be a pioneering step towards acquiring valuable anthropological knowledge, which have hitherto remained hidden. Besides, the project is likely to result in listing cultural and environmental data accessible only through the myriad local languages.

Some ‘endangered’ languages of North East are likely to find a place in the survey leading to appropriate measures for their protection. Even if some of those became extinct in the future, adequate data would remain for research.

Derek Elias of UNESCO Bangkok, himself a trained anthropologist, said that documentation of languages, their protection and development could in fact lead to better understanding and cooperation among communities.

What has set the CIIL apart is perhaps its blend of conventional modes of research with advanced technology, especially in computing. Its own lab has been recording languages with the minutest detail, enabling researchers to study the finer nuances of different languages.

A major achievement of the institute has been in offering online course contents. At present it provides courses in Bangla, Kannada, Tamil and Telegu. More languages would soon be available for downloading in the near future.

For linguists and language enthusiasts, the CIIL offers a virtual library http://www.ciil.org/Main/virlib/index1.htm that acts as a gateway to important information available through books, journals and institutions.

The CIIL was set up on July 17, 1969, and among its major objectives is to narrow the gap between basic research and development in Indian languages. It also enjoys the mandate to protect and promote ‘minority’ and tribal languages

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Northeast politicians embezzling funds: Jairam Ramesh:: Ramesh urged the people in the northeast to seek documents and accounts, taking advantage of the Right to Information Act.

Posted by egovernance on October 20, 2006

Northeast politicians embezzling funds: Jairam Ramesh

Shillong, Oct 20: Union Minister of State for Commerce Jairam Ramesh has accused politicians in the northeast of misusing central funds pumped to the region for development work.

“The central government spends Rs.150 billion each year for the northeast. Had the money been given directly to the people, poverty would have been alleviated by now,” the minister told a seminar Thursday on ‘Look East Policy’ organised by the Synod College in the Meghalaya state capital.

Ramesh urged the people in the northeast to seek documents and accounts, taking advantage of the Right to Information Act.

“The people were deprived of their dues because a large chunk of the funds goes to politicians, their patrons, contractors, builders, and the rich influential class,” the minister said here.

He said infrastructural growth in the northeast was far from satisfactory and accused the regional governments of incompetence and failure to plug the leakage of central funds.

The minister’s scathing attack embarrassed Meghalaya Chief Minister J.D. Rymbai and other top politicians present at the meeting.

“Where has the money gone? The people have every right to ask these questions to those who are in the seat of power,” Ramesh said.

— IANS

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Northeast’s potential yet to be recognised

Posted by egovernance on October 17, 2006

Northeast’s potential yet to be recognised
 
Rahul Karmakar
October 16, 2006

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/8131_1822398,00160138.htm

A region with a potential of generating 65,000 MW of hydroelectricity should be indispensable for a country that strives to be a superpower. But what if it continues to be beset with insurgency, infiltration, ethnic strife, emotional detachment, geographic isolation, and drains more energy than it can empower the superpower with.

The Northeast, comprising eight states — Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura — accounts for 7.9 per cent of India’s total geographical area and 3.8 per cent of its population. Yet only 10 per cent of the central budget is earmarked for the region.

It seems a lot of money. But ask any “indigenous” person, and he or she will say it is less than what New Delhi — if not on the lips, the “us” and “them” syndrome is in the subconscious — gets out of the region in terms of tea, oil, coal, forest, manpower and other mineral resources. Not to speak about “politically-motivated” money that is earmarked for projects that have little or no viability.

New Delhi too preoccupied

“Today, New Delhi is too preoccupied with Kashmir to give the Northeast a proper thought; so will a superpower India have time for this region, which is equally troubled?” Artax Shimray, advisor of North East Students Organisation (NESO) asked.

“People here by and large favour negotiated settlement to conflicts, but talks with rebel groups keep lingering due to the government’s inability to take decisions. Having said that, militancy is not as serious a problem as ethnic conflicts that are engineered to facilitate globalization as India tries to become a superpower.”

“The Northeast’s strategic importance made New Delhi draw up the Look East policy to develop infrastructure. But, policies for the region do not involve the people and are not transparent. That is why people here are sceptical of the whatever seemingly benevolent steps New Delhi takes, and this has led to anti-dam, anti-mining, anti-infrastructure and anti-industry protests that India cannot ignore,” Shimray added.

Unresolved conflicts

According to All-Assam Students Union advisor Samujjwal Bhattacharyya, unresolved conflicts would decelerate India’s drive towards becoming a superpower. What, however, would hold her back would be the issue of illegal influx. At least 15 million Bangladeshis, most of them across the Northeast, are eating up space and resources a would-be superpower needs, he said.

Others feel the region could be key to India’s superpower ambition. Arunachal Pradesh, which has an installed hydroelectric capacity of over 10,000 MW and has potential to generate another 50,000 MW, knows it can empower the superpower. State Power Secretary T. Bagra said Arunachal Pradesh was heading towards becoming a power giant with a slew of MoUs signed for hydro projects that are less of a stress on the ecology. Ecology is the buzzword as the Northeast, despite deforestation, is the greenest part of India and is one of the world’s prime biodiversity hotspots.

Need to get over decades of isolation

Ex-ADB official and economic advisor to Assam government Jayanta Madhav feels the importance of the Northeast vis-à-vis India’s march to be a major global player was highlighted by New Delhi’s Look East Policy. “There are lot of things going against the region — its poverty and unemployment rate is higher than the national average while its per capital income is much lower. But it has more educated people with forward-looking attitude, although it is at the bottom of human development index. It needs massive dose of infrastructure, communication network and market linkage to get over decades of isolation. Most importantly, the Northeast is the geographical link to China, the other superpower New Delhi cannot ignore.”

A superpower-to-be needs strategic friends to limit the influence of an established superpower neighbour. That perhaps explains the significance of Northeast, vital to the Trans-Asian superhighway and railway project New Delhi is pursuing.

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NE Region:: Centre to set up new major IT programmes

Posted by egovernance on September 7, 2006

Centre to set up new major IT programmes
http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/001200609070312.htm

Aizawl, Sept 7. (UNI): In a bid to improve the standard of
Information Technology (IT) in the North East region, Ministry of
Communication and Information Technology has decided to implement
some new programms.

The IT Ministry has already setup Community Information Centres
(CICs) at 487 blocks in the seven NE states, including Sikkim, to
provide connectivity at the block level and thus promote application
of IT for accelerating socio-economic development of the region,
official sources said here on Wednesday.

The CICs will help tackle the digital divide by providing internet
access and IT enabled services and also facilitate citizens
interface with the Government.

With the help of the Centre, Education and Research Network (ERNET)
India has also set up point-to-point high speed links in ten
universities of NE region including states of Mizoram, Nagaland and
Sikkim.

These links help students and faculty of these universities to
acccess internet, hosting web servers and e-Journals, distance
learning and Digital library.

Apart from this, ERNET India would be setting up campus wide local
area network at Arunachal University.

The Government has also provided NICNET infrastructure at all state
secretariats and 70 districts of NE and Sikkim. In addition, the
National Informatics Centre (NIC) has provided video conferencing
studio at all NE state secretariats.

The officials also stated that Software Technology Partk (STP) has
been set up at Guwahati, Imphal and Gangtok to provide datacom
services to promote software exports.

With an aim to help the weaker sections, fee reimbursement
assistance is being provided to the students belonging to the
Schedule Caste (SC) and Schedule Tribes (ST) in the NE region in the
accredited institutes for DOEACC ‘O’ and ‘A’ level IT courses.

A regional institute of E-learning and IT is being setup by DOEACC
at Kohima at a total cost of 20 crore over a period of four years to
provide education and training in the area of information,
electronics and communication in the non-formal sector.

To provide special health services in the NE states, two district
level telemedicine centres are being set up in the States of Mizoram
and Sikkim in association with Apollo Hospital, Delhi. The district
hospital at Namchi, Sikkim and Aizawl Civil hospital has been
connected with the system at Naga hospital at Kohima, which is
connected with the Inderprastha Apollo hospital, New Delhi, for
consultations.

Apart from this, implementation of advanced hospital management
systems is underway at Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS)
Imphal in Manipur.

The IT Ministy has so far spent Rs 87.67 crore to implement all
these projects in the NE region and ther new project such as e-
governance, implementing State Wide Area Network (SWAN), Electronics
test and development centre at Guwahati and Agartala are in the
pipeline, the officials added.

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CIC Custodians & Operators Meeting in Mokokchung, Nagaland

Posted by egovernance on August 29, 2006

From: “Abhishek Singh” <abhish18@gmail.com>
Date: Mon Aug 28, 2006 10:33 pm
Subject: CIC meeting in Mokokchung, Nagaland

MEETING  MINUTES

CIC Custodians & Operators Meeting

Date  :  25-08-2006, Time :   11 am

Venue : DCs Conference Hall, Mokokchung

 

 

1.   At the outset, all the CIC Custodians and Operators were introduced in the meeting. Operators from all the CICs were present. Out of 6(Six) CICs, Custodians from all the CICs except CIC Kubolong and Longchem could not make it due to pre-occupation.

  1. Shri Abhishek Singh, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Mokokchung has explained the importance of the CICs in the NE region with a special reference to Nagaland. He also stressed on the need of strengthening of the existing CIC facilities in order to generate more revenue vis-à-vis CICs can become economically viable so that Government also can further support the CICs.

  1. On the non functioning of the UPS due to faulty battery at many CICs, the operators were asked to initiate letters to the Government through their respective Custodians for redressal.

  1. The following suggestions were discussed for implementing in all the CICs with immediate effect :

a)      National and Local Newspaper reading facility would be facilitated for the needy public.

b)      Computer Literacy Programme (CLP) course offered by IGNOU would be started in all the blocks.

c)      In the meeting, the Deputy Commissioner has granted permission to procure digital camera and color inkjet printer that are meaningful to CICs for revenue generation and used for making passport photos to the needy at a nominal cost.

d)      The available schools in the CICs location may be tied up for imparting basic computer knowledge to the school children at a nominal cost in collaboration with the Village education Committee (VEC) and fund.

  1. It was also decided to provide information related to VDB fund allocation, Health information, Village education fund allocation & facilities, PDS quota for each village/town etc to the needy at a nominal cost to be extracted from the District website which is under construction.

Contd…….2

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  1. A core group has been formed to develop software for Citizen Database for the entire district of Mokokchung with the following members :

i)   Shri Merenyanger                        Operator, CIC Ongpangkong(South)

ii)  Shri Lipokyangba                        Operator, CIC Ongpangkong(South)

iii) Er. Tiatemsu                                Operator, CIC Changtongya

iv) Er. Temjentoshi                          Operator, CIC Mangkolemba

They will develop the software within a month’s time and after successful trial run, data will be fed for all the villages/towns in the respective CICs. Further, after scrutiny, these will be uploaded in the appropriate server.

  1. For the proposed meeting on 30-08-2006 at Kohima organized by the Regional Director, IGNOU Kohima for updating the CLP course, the following CIC Operators have been directed to attend in the meeting :

i)            Shri A. Chuba Longkumer                        CIC Operator, Longchem

ii)            Er. Temjentoshi                          CIC Operator, Mangkolemba

iii)            Er. Tiatemsu                                            CIC Operator, Changtongya

iv)            Shri Lipokyangba                         CIC Operator, Ongpangkong(South)

v)            Shri Noksangtemjen                        CIC Operator, Kubolong

vi)            Smt. Moajungla                             CIC Operator, Ongpangkong(North)

  1. DIO, NIC Mokokchung Er. Temsu Wathi Ao has emphasized the importance of the exixting CICs and called upon the operators to be more proactive in discharging their assigned responsibilities to the public and also highlighted the upcoming e-Modop plan in the district which has been effectively initiated by the Deputy Commissioner at the moment. Further, he opined that once this plan is implemented, the existing CICs will be converted to act as Front Offices for extending logistic support to the proposed e-Modop plan thereby the likelihood of the survival of the CICs will be more significant.

           

  1. The meeting ended with Power Point presentation by the Deputy Commissioner on the concept of E-Modop (e-governance) project to be implemented in Mokokchung district as pilot project which will be replicated in other districts of Nagaland later with the theme   ” Service  2  Citizen :  Reliable Always”.

 

 

 

 

Sd/-Er.Temsu Wathi Ao

Scientist-C & District Informatics Officer

Deputy Commissioner’s Office, Mokokchung

 

 

 

 

 

 

CIC Custodians & Operators Meeting

Date  :  25-08-2006, Time :  11 am

Venue : DCs Conference Hall, Mokokchung

ATTENDANCE  SHEET

Sl. No.

Name of Participants

Designation

Signature

01.

Shri Abhishek Singh, IAS

Deputy Commissioner

Present

02.

Shri Y.Y. Sangtam

A.D.C. Mangkolemba & Custodian of CIC Mangkolemba

Present

03.

Shri Temsu Longkumer

SDO(C) Changtongya & Custodian of CIC Changtongya

Present

04.

Shri S.N.Tsanglao

SDO(C) Mokokchung & Custodian of CIC Ongpangkong(North)

Present

05.

Smt. Nungsangmenla

EAC Kubolong & Custodian of CIC Kubolong

On duty

06.

Shri Wasu Katiry

EAC Longchem & Custodian of CIC Longchem

On duty

07.

Smt. Imtimenla

EAC Ongpangkong & Custodian of CIC Ongpangkong(South)

Present

08.

Er.Temsu Wathi Ao

D.I.O., NIC Mokokchung

Present

09.

Shri Chuba Nungsang

Scientist-B, NIC Mokokchung

Present

10.

Shri Lanusanen

CIC Operator, Kubolong

Present

11.

Shri Noksangtemjen

CIC Operator, Kubolong

Present

12.

Smt. Moajungla

CIC Operator, Ongpangkong(North)

Present

13.

Ms. Mejarenla Longchar

CIC Operator, Ongpangkong(North)

Present

14.

Shri Merenyanger

CIC Operator, Ongpangkong(South)

Present

15.

Shri Lipokyangba

CIC Operator, Ongpangkong(South)

Present

16.

Smt. Sentimenla

CIC Operator, Changtongya

Present

17.

Er. Tiatemsu

CIC Operator, Changtongya

Present

18.

Shri Imtisunep

CIC Operator, Mangkolemba

Present

19.

Er.Temjentoshi Longchar        

CIC Operator, Mangkolemba

Present

20.

Shri A. Chuba Longkumer

CIC Operator, Longchem

Present

21.

Shri K. Watitemjen

CIC Operator, Longchem

Present

22.

Shri L. Chubalepzuk

Dist. Public Relation Officer, Mokokchung

Present

 


Abhishek Singh
DC Mokokchung
Nagaland

 

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DIT-MIT needs to Support the real hardworking CIC employees of NORTHEAST CIC centers.

Posted by egovernance on August 25, 2006

DIT-MIT needs to Support the real hardworking CIC employees of NORTHEAST CIC centers.

 



eGovINDIA, eGovNORTHEAST, IndiaRTI,

E KAVI,Judicial Reforms & India Whistle Blower's Action Group

Facilitating Emergence of New India:

Based on Values of Transparency & Accountability, E Governance, Natural Justice, Human Rights and Human Dignity

         ===============================================



April 2nd 2006

TO: DIT and NIC, New Delhi
and
NORTHEAST STATES MINISTRY
DONER, NEC, Resident Commissioners,

This Mr. V. M. Kumaraswamy, MBA. in business since 1971. Founder and Moderator of India's largest e-governance yahoogroup under the title eGovINDIA. You can reach this group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eGovINDIA

eGovINDIA is a group dedicated to promoting true e-governance in India, consisting of members from all walks of life from within INDIA and the World over. Many State Ministers and senior bureaucrats of India are members of this group. We do have lawyers, social activists, freelance writers and journalists in the group. The group is meant for serious activists only. Casual members are not allowed to join the group. The group is also moderated by an Indian Administrative Service  (IAS) Officer.  As on date, the group has more than 3000 members.

 

The focus of this group is true e-governance and use of open source technology in e-governance. The members of this forum have a passion to see a truly e-governed India, resulting in transparency and easy access to government services by  the common man, notably the depressed class people (so called untouchables), women and people living in far flung and difficult areas of India.

The CIC (Community Information Centre) project was started under the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) and was launched in August, 2002 with the help of State Government for extending ICT services to the rural people of the NE Region. The 487 CIC's in the 8 North Eastern States including Sikkim.

These 487 CIC's can become North East Knowledge Assistance Centers "NEKAC". This should be done to celebrate the 60th anniversary of our Independence. On this occassion please regularize the jobs of all employees working at all these CIC's.

NE Knowledge AssistanceCentre "NEKAC" has potential to assist the States and Central Government to get data from the villages. For example, the States acquire data from the village health centres and then transmit the same to government of India.

Every CIC is well equipped with Good Infrastructure including one Server machine, five Client system, VSAT connectivity , two UPS (1KVA & 2KVA), one Laser Printer, one Dot Matrix Printer, one Web Camera, one TV with IRU (for video broadcasting) and are run by two Skilled Person.

CICs are already there in each Block of the District with Govt. provided infrastructure and man power, the CICs can cater to the peoples need in a batter manner than an NGO and also to the Govt�s effort proper implementation of the e-governance program.

These 487 CIC's can be used to develop IT Awareness among the masses and pace with the rest of the world like other states of India such as Karnataka where the people are already getting benefits from the projects like BHOOMI. These 487 CIC's should be a part any e-governance program of NORTHEAST and in taking each district in NORTHEAST ahead in this process and in becoming a knowledge power as envisioned in the planning commission�s INDIA VISION 2020 document. CIC's have been providing services and facilities under following categories:-

  1. Rural Cyber Cafe.

  1. Computer Training Program
  2. Online PAN & TAN Card Services.
  3. IT support to the Government. (BPL Data Entry, Election Duty.)
  4. Distance Education.
  5. Public Oriented Service.
  6. Online Information Regarding Health, Education, Banking, Railway Reservation & Enquiry.
  7. �ASHA farmers� registration. (to facilitated versatile information of agriculture)
  8. Unemployed Youth Registration.
  9. Regular Weather Report.
  10. Public Distribution Report.
  11. Market Price Information of Agricultural Commodity.
  12. Digital Photography.
  13. Online Conference.
  14. Software and Web page Development
  15. Income Certificates for cultivators/farmers
  16. Income Certificate for services holders
  17. Land holding certificates
  18. Certificate copy of Electroal roll
  19. PRC for Higher Education


Delivering E- Governance Service through CIC:-

Delivering E- Governance may be defined as delivery of Govt. Services and Information to the Public using Electronic means. Using IT in Government Services is an efficient speedy and transparent process for disseminating Information to the public and other agencies and for performing Govt. Administration Activities.

  1. CIC's are in rural remote areas of NE Region. The facility of Satellite based Communication System of CIC's help remote masses in various respects of IT development. After completion of this project, the Ultimate Rural Masses are going to suffer.
  2. By the services of CIC's the IT knowledge is gradually developing among rural masses. They are getting Internet services in a minimal cost.
  3. The reliable Internet Communication System through VSAT, help students to collect their Information about various examination, results, education information, career guidance, downloading various forms etc.
  4. Now through ASHA Service farmer registration and unemployed youth registration brings a great revolution among the rural people in the field of Agriculture, Horticulture, Pisci Culture and Business Marketing. They are getting every day market price list in CIC.
  5. All Operators have been served in fix pay since inception of this project. Operators are dedicating their most vital part of life in this job for bringing the IT to the Rural masses. The value of commodities and services has been increased for the last three years. So we on behalf of all CIC Operators would like to request our government through you to give us some incentive from state Govt. as DA / Security of Livelihood. It will give us really encourage doing more hard works.

     The main Objective of Establishing such CIC Centres is to provide Information and Communication Technology (ICT services) to the Rural masses in NORTHEAST. After spending such a huge Amount (nearly 200 Crores), the government have not introduce the services through CIC.


CIC's can provide the following information and this information need to be made available at all 487 CIC's for the benefit of people of NORTHEAST.


1. Information on health plan spending and the new plans on NRHM - National rural health mission is not available on the State Govt. website. These should be made available at all CIC's NETWORK in TRIPURA State for the people in each BLOCK can access the information easily.


2. How each STATE Government is going to spend and allocate FUNDS allotted by Central Govt. to Districts, Blocks and Villages ? These information need to be available at all CIC's for the benefit of People of NORTHEAST.


3. The break up of health spending under various departments say health, allocations to the PHC's, CHC's etc. All of these need to be made available at all 487 CIC's of NORTHEAST STATES.

Let us do the following also at CIC's:

Make information to go to the door steps of citizens in NORTHEAST through these 487 CIC's and spread the Knowledge among citizens.

Spread Transparency and Accountability in all levels of Govt. through these 487 CIC's in NORTHEAST.

eGovINDIA and eGovNORTHEAST will be able to join the efforts of all of you in getting NEKAC to be implemented at all 487 CIC's.

If any questions please free to write to me. We will RESPOND !!

Thanks
Sincerely

V. M. Kumaraswamy, MBA
Venkatappa M. Kumaraswamy, MBA

In BUSINESS since 1971.

eGovINDIA group for TRUE eGovernance in INDIA. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eGovINDIA/

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CIC Main Project (NE)

Posted by egovernance on August 25, 2006

The main project was inaugurated on 17th August 2002 with the dedication of 457 CICs to the people of the North-East by Hon’ble Minister for Communications and Information Technology and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Pramod Mahajan in Guwahati. 

http://www.cic.nic.in/mainblocks1.htm

The following table gives a summary of the magnitude of the project :

 

State

Districts

Blocks

Pilot

Main

1.

Arunachal Pradesh

15

56

2

54

2.

Assam

23

219

15

204

3.

Manipur

9

33

2

31

4.

Meghalaya

7

32

2

30

5.

Mizoram

8

26

2

24

6.

Nagaland

11

52

2

50

7.

Sikkim

4

41

2

39

8.

Tripura

4

29

3

26

Total

 

81

488

30

458


Infrastructure and Management

Each Centre is well- equipped with infrastructure including one server machine, five client systems, one each of a VSAT, Laser Printer, Dot Matrix Printer, modem, LAN hub, TV, Webcam and two UPS (1KVA, 2 KVA).

Each CIC has two CIC Operators (CICOs) for managing the centers and providing services to the public. CIC operators in all states have been trained on  networking equipment and software applications available at their sites.

The project is a joint effort by Department of Information Technology (DIT) under Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), National Informatics Centre (NIC) and the State Governments of the North-Eastern states.

DIT has funded the project and has the responsibility of overall monitoring and management. NIC is the Implementation agency. Application Software development and Training of CIC Operators are a part of NIC’s responsibilities. The State Governments were entrusted with the mandate of site selection, preparation and maintenance, manpower recruitment and identification and creation of content for various services/applications to be delivered through the CICs.

Project Implementation and Monitoring

In addition to the CIC Cell at DIT and the CIC group at NIC Headquarters, the project has been executed with the contribution of NIC’s State Informatics Officers (SIOs) and District Informatics Officers (DIOs) who have liaised with the state government authorities and the vendors delivering and installing the equipment at the CICs. Eight State coordinators have been appointed at NIC Headquarters to facilitate implementation at the local and central levels.

The CIC group at NIC, New Delhi has developed a comprehensive information system for the CICs wherein every aspect of the progress of the project is remotely monitored. The delivery, installation and operation status of all hardware and software is logged into this site by the SIOs and CIC Operators themselves, including post-installation malfunction of machines and applications.

The CIC group holds review meetings, twice a week, over Video Conference, with the SIOs of the North-Eastern states, vendor representatives both in Delhi and in Guwahati and Calcutta, State Coordinators and officers from other NIC divisions associated with the project such as SATCOM division. Chat sessions are held everyday between staff from CIC group and SATCOM division at Headquarters and the CIC Operators at remote sites for troubleshooting. A Visual Monitoring system is in place whereby CICOs can send images captured with the Web Cameras to Delhi for attendance and general observation. TVs have been provided at each site to disseminate educational programmes through Doordarshan and IGNOU in addition to general entertainment which is anticipated to attract visitors to the CICs.

The establishment of the CICs has been an arduous and very challenging task.

Services

Basic services to be provided by CICs include Internet Access and E-mail, Printing, Data entry and Word processing and Training for the local populace. In addition, several citizen-centric or Government to Citizen(G2C) services are to be delivered from the CICs. Some such services are

• Birth and Death Registration

• Service Facilitation Centre (e-Suvidha) wherein different types of certificates issued by Block and District administrations like SC/ST, Marriage etc can be disseminated through CICs

• Prices and other market information of Agricultural produce

• Information on Educational opportunities

• Job portals etc.

The number of visitors varies between 20 to 100 a week depending on location of CIC. Many CICs report over 150 visitors/week.

Utilization of CICs

Training

Training of the local population on the fundamentals of using computers and the imparting of basic working knowledge is a major activity in the Community Information Centres.

Project Sustenance

Many of the CICs, already operational, charge nominal amounts from users for services which helps them to meet day-to-day running expenses such as consumables, stationery, fuel for the Genset etc.

DIT/NIC will continue to provide manpower support to the CICs for five years and NIC will provide technical and maintenance support for this period. DIT/NIC will continue to provide satellite connectivity after five years. The Community Information Centres will then be handed over to the respective state governments. The state governments are required to evolve a viable business model to make the CICs self-sustaining during these five years. The private sector may collaborate with government for effective service delivery.

Substantive revenue generation has been achieved by many CICs such as Golaghat, Assam and Gangtok, Sikkim which pays the salaries of the operators from this revenue.

Future Plans

It is proposed to use the Community Information Centres for E-edutainment in  the future. A select bouquet of channels could be telecast through the VSAT based network as TVs with other associated infrastructure is already available at the CICs. Other future prospects are the provision of connectivity to Schools,Hospitals and Post Offices in major habitats.

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