Wednesday, October 20, 2010
A slightly more detailed description of the Workshop is available in the egovreach initiative of NASSCOM
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
IIITB had conducted an evaluation of the early ICT4D initiatives including akshaya, Rural e-Seva West Godavari, Dhrishtee centres in Sirsa, MSSRF centres in Pondicherry and SARI project in Melur. The report is not easily accessible hence posting it in this blog
Sunday, September 26, 2010
|Mr MN Vidyashankar Chief Election Officer Karnataka , meeting representatives of Praja, a citizens organisation of Bangalore|
The above photo downloaded from the internet represents the way of working of Mr Vidyashankar whch is of being extremely accessible to both citizens and private sector, understanding their point of view and incorporating their suggestions after due evaluation.
In the past decade, Mr Vidyashankar has served the State Government of Karnataka in some important positions namely Chairman BWSSB, Commissioner BDA, Secretary Medical Education, , Principal Secretary IT BT & ST , Chief Electoral Officer and Principal Secretary e-Governance. In all these positions besides running the regular routine operations of the departments with a high degree of efficiency, he has kept the citizens interests paramount and introduced numerous IT based innovations.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Shri DS Ravindran an officer from the Indian Forests Service, is currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for e-Governance in the Department of e-Governance. Over the past 3 years he has been responsible for implementing some of the most important e-Governance programs to name a few like the Karnataka State Wide Area Network, e-Procurement, Nemmadi. Prior to his working in the e-Governance Department, Shri DS Ravindran has served in a variety of roles in the Forest department of Karnataka. He has a Phd from University of Wales and was awarded a Gold Medal by IIM Bangalore for topping the Masters program in Public Policy.
Ms. J Sathyawathi an officer of the Karnataka Administrative Service was appointed the first Deputy Secretary of the e-Governance Department of Karnataka which was established in 2004.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Rajasthan Government recently held a e-Governance workshop in which eminent e-Governance practitioners delivered presentations. The above link is a good resource to learn about both theory and practice of e-Governance.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Mr. Sri Kumar former DGP of Karnataka has been appointed as Commissioner in the Central Vigilance Commission of India. Mr. Sri Kumar was the Managing Director of Karnataka State Police Housing Corporation http://www.ksphc.org/ for a number of years and introduced numerous e-Governance programs to enable transparency in the organisation. Among the noteworthy programs introduced were e-procurement, project management and complete transparency of works executed under KSPHC. Any person can check the website http://www.ksphc.org/ and ascertain the status of any work under implementation.
Mr. Sri Kumar, both as MD of KSPHC and later as DGP of Karnataka, remained extremely accessible to all alike and was always open to new ideas, innovations and new ways of thinking.
Given the credentials of Mr. Sri Kumar , the Government is commended for making such a well deserved appointment to the critical position in the Central Vigilance Commission. He will continue to safeguard the interests of the citizens of India in his new position
A detailed profile of Mr. Sri Kumar is provided in the CVC website Mr. Sri Kumar's profile in CVC website
Sunday, September 12, 2010
an interesting use of Web 2.0 for Non profits
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Bureaucracies are not always as open in the developing world, where broadband penetration is scarce and democracy tender. And yet some surprising models of e-government are coming from emerging nations. Computerizing old land records is jolting rural India out of the 19th century. Since 2001 the Bhoomi (“land” in Hindi) program, brainchild of Bangalore engineer turned administrator Rajeev Chawla, has scanned 20 million deeds held by 6.7 million farmers in the southern state of Karnataka, meticulously mapping property lines. Farmers can review their deeds at public Internet kiosks and download the crucial official property title that Indians use both as an identity card and as collateral for bank loans. In a region where land disputes represent seven out of 10 court cases and illiterate peasants often fall prey to powerful land grabbers practiced in doctoring deeds, the Bhoomi movement is “nothing short of a silent revolution,” says Srikanth Nadhamuni, an e-government pioneer in Bangalore. Authorities in New Delhi plan to invest $6 billion to take Bhoomi and other e-gov services nationwide.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
The Article below appeared in Economic Times August 17th . The Article discusses a very far reaching idea of Electronic trading of land. Many concepts and issues discussed in the article are not self explanatory and merit a larger article
The government, in collaboration with private sector partners can provide citizens with services that were hitherto impossible to provide, for which there are no brickand-mortar equivalents and which have the ability to enhance economic activity in the country.
One of the first such SOA initiatives that would arguably have the highest impact on the citizens could be next generation of land records that could be implemented through a Land and Property Exchange System (LAPEX ). The basic concept of such an exchange is that if stocks worth crores of rupees could be traded online with absolute security and privacy, why we can we not trade land and property through a similar online system?
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
The document provides a brief outline of the National e-Governance Plan
1 NeGP Objective
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Given the popularity of the Post, a few updates are provided
- SR Rao, a 1978 batch
Gujaratcadre IAS, presently additional secretary in the department of information technology has been appointed as additional secretary in department of telecommunications as of 1st February 2011
- Shri SR Rao was part of the hand picked team of the Cabinet Secretary to take over part responsibility for management of Common Wealth games. He was made responsible for the modernization of Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium and ensuring that the events in the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium happen without a glitch
- SR Rao conducts probe on Tata-VSNL deal (News of 25th March 2011)Telecom department’s additional secretary and 1978 batch
Gujaratcadre IAS, SR Rao will be conducting an inquiry into Tata-VSNL land deal after telecom minister Kapil Sibal raised concerns over the disinvestment of VSNL in 2002 and the way de-merger of 773.13 acres of surplus was handled. landof VSNLA double MA in social work and rural development ( ), SR Rao is still known for his stint as Municipal Commissioner to a traumatized, plague-hit UK city. He is credited with cleaning up the city and placing it back into normalcy. Surat
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Friday, April 30, 2010
As per the survey, " most portals and websites have remained stagnant since 2008 Survey in terms of developing new features. As a result, the region as a whole has regressed in the 2010 survey and remains far below the world average".
India has scored 0.3567 in the E-Government development index value which is below 0.3814 scored in 2008. India's rank in the World e-Government development ranking is 119 falling from 113 in 2008. In the "South Asia" grouping India is 4th below Maldives, Iran and Sri Lanka.
Korea has scored the first ranking in the World e-Government development ranking with a E-Government development index of 0.8785. The Survey states that the "National portal received the highest ranking and scored particularly high in providing services and tools for citizen engagement"
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
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Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
NEGP Presentation -
This is a symptom of most e-Governance projects, the Management of Yojana probably did not apply their mind and probably no one gave the requirements properly. Whatever was delivered by the Vendor was accepted without any question.
The complete article "E-Governance initiatives of Karnataka" is posted in this blog here
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Interested readers can view the note here
News item on 3i infotech pulling out of the CSC program
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
The link to the document is below
E-Governance initiatives of Karnataka
Friday, March 5, 2010
AbstractE-Governance initiatives in the country are still in Infancy and there exist many challenges in implementing the same. Traditionally Software Solutions for E-Governance projects were developed by NIC, and the Government department procured the hardware from Private companies. However with the increase both in complexity and the volume of e-Governance projects, most projects are being contracted to private parties. This note examines the various issues in implementation of e-Governance projects, role of NIC and provides Suggestions for improvement in procurement procedures for e-Governance projects