Monday, August 20, 2012

Mr Rajeev Chawla being awarded Prime Minister's award

In 2006, Shri Rajeev Chawla was one of the two bureaucrats who were awarded the Prime Minister's award for excellence in Public Administration. The other recipient was Shri R.S. Pandey an IAS officer of Nagaland Cadre. 

Shri Rajeev Chawla was awarded for the Bhoomi Program

Thursday, April 5, 2012

New Property deed format soon in Karnataka

New Property Deed format soon
The government has decided to introduce a standard format for documents on property transactions including sale.

A major step by the Revenue Department towards bringing in reforms in property transactions, the standard will cover mortgage deeds and gift deeds. Implemented, it will usher in uniformity in the way such documents are drafted.

The front page (also called index sheet) of the sale deed or any other document of property transactions will be standardised, stipulating a format. 

The front page will have a summary of the entire document with basic information about the property like its address, owner, encumbrance, if any, origin and the purchaser.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Electronic Delivery of Services Bill

Electronic Delivery of Services Bill or in the copy hosted in the Lok Sabha site

1)     The Electronic Delivery of Services Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha on 27th December 2011. It has since been referred to the Standing Committee for Information Technology. The reason for introduction of the Bill and its salient features are explained below.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Poor quality work in Governments

PDF document on Report of Committee for Computerization of Land Records

The above link opens the PDF document on the Report of Committee for Computerization of Land Records. While I have not read the report, it must be good as the convener of the Committee is Shri Rajeev Chawla and he will not sign off on shoddy work.

What is to be highlighted is that the manner the report has been uploaded on the website. The most optimum way would have been to make a PDF of the word document, however in this case the dealing official has photocopied the spiral bound report and uploaded it and one sees the spiral binding.

The disadvantage of this method is that the size of the scanned file increases substantially placing load on the servers and bandwidth required to down load the file. It is a mere example of both the lack of application of mind and lack of care in undertaking passing of shoddy work

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Ms. Rita A. Teotia appointed Additional Secretary in Department of Information TechnologyInformation Technology

Ms. Rita A Teotia an 1981 batch officer of the Gujarat Cadre of the Indian Administrative Service has been appointed as Additional Secretary in the   Department of Information Technology.

Her current posting is in Gujarat where she is the Principal Secretary for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj. Previously between March 2007 to February 2009, she was the Principal Secretary in Health and Family Welfare Department of Government of Gujarat.

In her stint in Government of India also she worked as Joint Secretary in the Department of Health and Family Welfare.

In her long career in Government she has held diverse positions in both Central, State and District Administration

Presentation on e-District MMP

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Shri J Satyanarayana IAS appointed as Secretary Department of Information Technology

           In a welcome extremely progressive move, Shri J Satyanarayana has been appointed as the Secretary, Department of Information Technology, Government of India. He succeeds , Shri R. Chandrasekhar another e-Governance heavyweight.

          Shri J Satyanarayana has been a pioneer in the field of implementation of e-Governance projects and as early as the late 1990s, he implemented Computerisation of the Registration Department of Andhra Pradesh, better known as the CARD Project. Later between 2000-2003, he was part of the SWAT e-Governance team of Shri Chandrababu Naidu, the then CM of Andhra Pradesh and he and his team implemented numerous pioneering and landmark e-Governance programs which among others included the e-Seva Project and the e-Procurement platform.

          In 2003 he founded the National Institute of Smart Governance and his magic and golden hand continued in this nascent institution. Between 2003-08, NISG was involved with virtually every important e-Governance initiative of the Government of India, including the computerisation of the Ministry of Company Affairs, one of the largest computerisation initiatives, Passport Seva, computerisation of the Passport Department.

           Mr. J Sathyanarayana is a great believer in the concept of Public Private Partnership for execution of e-Governance projects.

           Mr. J Satyanarayana is an IAS officer of the 1977 batch of Andhra Pradesh Cadre, in addition to conceptualising and implementing e-Governance projects, he has contributed extensively to the thought leadership in the e-Governance domain by writing many books, delivering training programs and contributing extensively in seminars and discussion forums on e-Governance

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


1) A visit was made to the CSCs of Goalpara District, the E-District Facilitation Centre at Goalpara district office and the Circle office at Goalpara accompanied by representatives from the Assam SeMT team and the Srei Sahaj team.

2) The CSCs visited were located in Dudhnoi, Goalpara and Matia, Goalpara

a) The Dudhnoi CSC was located in the Dudhnoi town, located on the Guwahati – Goalpara National Highway which , the CSC was equipped with about 3 laptops. The Srei Sahaj team have made considerable efforts to seed a large number of Financial Services, however the VLE operating the CSC said that his main revenue sources were a) Browsing by customers, b) Photography and c) Railway ticketing. The VLE said that there was delay in processing of applications for e-District services, one of the reasons may be breakdown in the Assam State Wide Area Network link between the District office and the Circle office.