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Old January 28th, 2012, 08:28 AM   #201
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‘e-Sugam has benefited trade, but needs improvement'

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The road check-post, loathed by trade and industry as a point of corruption and a cause for the delay in the movement of goods, is now getting the grudging admiration from the same sections that have for long cursed it. The general consensus in industry is that the implementation of e-Sugam, an acronym for Simple Uploading of Goods Arrivals and Movements, since June 2010, for the transport of goods across the State, has made the system less prone to abuse.

The online system, implemented by the State Commercial Taxes Department, in association with the National Informatics Centre, requires registered dealers to submit details of every consignment valued at more than Rs. 20,000. Upon filing the application, each consignment is provided a unique number, which has to be produced at the check-post. Pradeep Singh Kharola, Commissioner, Commercial Taxes, says entries can be accessed from any of the more than 70 stationary and mobile check posts across the State.

Transparent and accountable

Every day, more than 70,000 e-Sugam numbers are being generated. “e-Sugam has made the system more transparent and accountable,” Mr. Kharola observed recently at a meeting organised by the Karnataka Small-Scale Industries Association (KASSIA). Mr. Kharola said those accompanying the consignment need not even carry a printout of the online submission. “Nearly two tonnes of paper is being generated currently, we want to move towards a completely paperless system,” he said.

“e-Sugam is really sugama (convenient) for trade and industry, but it needs to be fine-tuned,” says B.T. Manohar, Chairman, State Taxes Committee of the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry. Mr. Manohar, who is also member of the State Advisory Board of the Value Added Tax, said the system is skewed against smaller units. A notification issued by the Commercial Taxes Department on December 23, 2011 listed 29 classes of commodities that would mandatorily require e-Sugam compliance.

Small units' concerns

Many of these units run by small entrepreneurs lack the technical competence and economic scale to reap the full benefits of compliance with the e-Sugam system, Prakash N. Raikar, KASSIA president, told The Hindu. Mr. Raikar said the minimum threshold beyond which e-Sugam is mandatory be raised from Rs. 20,000 per consignment to Rs. 1 lakh. Those running “tiny” units, each with an annual turnover of less than Rs. 1 lakh, ought to be exempted from the scheme, he said. “Many of these people are of working class origin, first-time entrepreneurs who are non-literate and with little computer skills,” he pointed out.

Many do not even have a computer, let alone a broadband connection to make online submissions, he observed. He suggested that the list of items be restricted to those the Department identifies as being particularly prone to tax evasion.

Linkage to VAT

Mr. Raikar said the system, in its current form, does not provide any “incentives” to users. Observing that since the VAT system requires a trail (in electronic form or on paper), he asks: “Does the Department have an action plan to link the e-Sugam system to invoices and the VAT refunds?”

Refunds currently take nearly two years to materialise, he said. “Small units, which are starved of working capital, find this killing,” he remarked.

Mr. Manohar said although the system has been a “game changer,” it needs modifications. The Department's servers need to be upgraded so that they can “cope with the load.” In some districts of the State the e-Sugam system remains unavailable, he pointed out.

The validity of the e-Sugam number is only ten days, which is unsuitable for the transport of goods over long distances, he observed. “A consignment from Kolkata to Bangalore can sometimes take 15 days, by which time the validity of the e-Sugam receipt lapses. The system is also unsuitable for the transport of goods in small lots”, he added.

Considering that the e-Sugam system is “mission critical”, it ought to be backed by a helpline that works round the clock and throughout the year, Mr. Manohar said. “Helplines in each district must be manned by technically qualified personnel who can help users,” he suggested.
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Networking parents to know their kids

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Educational institutions now have new ways to be closer with the parents of their students.

A case in point is the novel method adopted by Shri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshawara (SDM) Educational Society. Online Student Informational Database linked to , a website which can be accessed through administrational software is an outcome of this effort.

Online student informational database is an abstract of administrational software- Educational Enterprise Resource Planning and Management System, which can be used by students as well as their parents.

Speaking to the City Herald, the head of the software development cell and SDM Educational Society Chief Financial Officer Lawrence Pereira said that both students and their parents get a password to enter the website.

They can get information about the attendance, marks, library, fees, and examination time table and about other activities. The software can be used for online exams as well wherein the students can get their marks within half an hour.

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Lawrence Pirera said that the institution took 5 to 6 years to develop this administrational software. The software cell comprised 4 staff and 4 other persons for testing and implementation. The facility has already been implemented in 40 affiliated institutions and has been a boon for the parents as well as students. “As per our knowledge, this is an unique software,” he said.

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Giving details about the database, II year MCJ student Madhav opined that it is a very useful website. “We need not seek any help from the college staff or administration members. It’s really student friendly”.

The online student informational database was inaugurated at Shri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara College in Ujire on January 17 and is being used by 40 schools and colleges affiliated to SDM Educational Society. Next year, the facility will be extended to all the 48 schools and colleges run by the Society.

“The response is inspiring from the students, parents as well as from the teaching staff. The credit goes to SDM Educational Society President Dr D Veerendra Heggade and Ujire SDM College Principal Dr B Yashovarma. Their inspiration always motivated us,” said Pereira.
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Let me start with a small suggestion. A few days back it was raining heavily in the coastal region. Government declared one particular day as a holiday. But many students and parents were not aware of this and so went to school in wet cloths to just return back. In this case if the school administration had mobile numbers of parents it could have just sent one SMS informing all the parents about holiday. The SMS may be sent by schools for informing so many things starting from simple things like early closing of school to complex things like informing about examination results.
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Evaluation goes digital

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Soon, students at VTU can fill exam forms and get hall tickets online, and know the results fast.

Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), the only technological university in Karnataka and one of the biggest in India, is all set to achieve another major milestone soon when it will virtually revolutionise the “evaluation system” by introducing “Digital Evaluation System” (DES) for all undergraduate, postgraduate and research/doctoral programmes.

If the pace with which the initiatives taken in this direction is any indication, the new technological order will become operational by the beginning of the next academic session (2011-12). And, the VTU will be the first university in Karnataka to have a DES.

Promoting quality

With its stated vision “to become an outstanding technological university at the cutting edge of science and technology that produces world-class knowledge-delivery, research, extension and leadership in technology innovation for industry and society,” the measure to add a new dimension to the evaluation system could also be seen in response to the expected initiatives under the 11th Five-Year Plan, which while dealing with the higher education system in India, emphasised on “speedy and substantive academic and administrative reforms for promotion of quality and excellence in the university.”

The VTU, with 186 engineering colleges affiliated to it and offering 28 UG programmes and 71 PG programmes and research programmes, has an annual intake of about 60,800 at the UG level and 20,000 at the PG level. It has 13 QIP (Quality Improvement Programme) centres at its various affiliated colleges and 16 Extension Centres offering PG programmes. There are over 2,305 departments recognised as research centres.

Such a massive campus spread across the entire State also brings in greater responsibilities and demands a high degree of efficiency and transparency in administration. Technology is one of the most important tools in achieving them and make value additions to the ‘system'. For any university, conducting examinations and declaring error-free results is the biggest responsibility and underscores the need for the highest degree of efficiency, transparency and speed.

Thus, the VTU is working on its plan to introduce DES and enabling its examination system to become efficient. It is part of reforms in the examination/evaluation system and also to reach out to all the candidates enrolled with the university through technology, said Vice-Chancellor H. Maheshappa.

Integrated system

Highlighting its salient features to The Hindu EducationPlus, he said the system is well designed for integrated examination management. Under the proposed system an enrolled candidate who wishes to appear for the university examinations should be able to fill his examination form online, rather, the form should be available to the candidate at his or her finger-tips.

The eligibility of the students who have examination forms will be ensured through software specifically designed for the purpose. The ‘admission tickets' will be made available online so that the students take a direct print-copy with the help of the software and carry the tickets to the examination centre.

The Internal Assessments marks will be uploaded to the server as and when finalised.

Question bank

A ‘Question Bank' will be created for the purpose of generating question papers. The University will take the services of well-qualified and experienced faculty for this purpose. The question bank in each subject will be updated for every changed scheme.

The question papers will be generated through an automated system under the control of Registrar (Evaluation) and supplied through the Internet-enabled software to every affiliated college.

The Karnataka Government provides VPN (Virtual Private Network) system to educational institutions. The VTU is already in the process of getting one.

The ‘answer scripts' of the candidates will be digitised for evaluation. Once the VPN is available, no teacher needs to move out of campus to evaluate the answer scripts. The physical presence of the valuators will be ensured during the valuation with technological interface.

More economical

“This process will be more economical than the conventional method of evaluation as well as it will expedite processing of results with 100 per cent accuracy. Once we introduce this new digitised valuation system, I am quite sure that our students will get the results in a record time,” said Prof. Maheshappa.

For their post-results documents, students need not come to the university, they can get the documents at their fingertips.

However, certain documents, which required high security-modules, will be issued by the University. Yet, there would not be any delay in the issuance of such documents.

The VTU, as part of its ongoing endeavour to introduce such hi-tech evaluation system for all UG and PG programmes, has already implemented the Digital Evaluation System for the answer scripts that are generated through the Course Work Examinations for research programmes, said Registrar (Evaluation) S.A. Kori.
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State EC mulls e-voting system for urban areas

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MYSORE: State Election Commissioner C R Chikkamath said the Election Commission is contemplating introducing e-voting system for urban population to enhance the total percentage of voting. He, however, added that political will is essential for the successful implementation of this programme in the state.

He was speaking after launching Online MBA programme of Karnataka State Open University at Manasagangotri on Thursday.

Chikmath said, “e-voting was introduced in Gandhinagar Corporation elections in Gujarat recently, but the result was not expected. Now, the government wants to introduce it in other urban local bodies,” he said.

He said the percentage of urban voting is very low. Usually, 50 to 60 per cent voters are participating in the poll process in urban areas and sometimes it was only 45 per cent. Many professionals are finding it difficult to cast their votes for various reasons.

This is indirectly paving way for bogus voting and giving scope for malpractice in the present system. Hence, it is the right time to introduce e-voting,” the state election commissioner said.

"E-voting had not got the expected result in Gujarat. State Election Commission is planning to rectify the same and introduce e-voting in Karnataka,” Chikmath added, during his address.

“We have to convince the people about the proposal’s success,” he said.
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Fishermen to get weather information in Kannada

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Feather forecast for fishermen is available in Kannada also from the Ocean Information system installed at Deputy Director, Department of Fisheries office at Fishing harbour in Bunder in Mangalore on Sunday 29th

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The electronic display board installed at the Fisheries Department in Mangalore's Bunder area will soon display information on weather conditions in Kannada.

Muralidhar, Project Engineer, Webstar Software Private Limited, the Bangalore-based company, which has developed software and hardware for the electronic display board, said that the company was making the regional language the default language on all the installed display boards, including in other States, based on feedback from users.

He was speaking to The Hindu at an exhibition held as part of a meeting on “Science and Technology: New Opportunities and Challenges” organised by the Karnataka Science and Technology Academy, and the Science and Technology Department, Government of Karnataka, in Mangalore University on Sunday.

SERVICING

The company would service the display boards that had been installed, beginning with those close to the Bangalore-based company, he said. The system would be updated initially in Karnataka, Kerala, Goa and Andhra Pradesh. The work of updating the systems with the regional language software would be done within three months, he said. The existing software would have to be updated. The operating system was Microsoft and the application built upon that was by the company, he said.

INFORMATION

The display board shows information sent from the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Hyderabad.

Nagaraj Kumar, scientist in-charge, Potential Fishing Zone Mission, INCOIS, said that fishermen and NGOs in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh had stated that getting information in local language was time-consuming as it followed English and Hindi on the display board. So it was decided to retain information in the local language to enable users to get information quickly. Information in English and Hindi would be provided if users asked for it, he said. There were more than 100 such systems installed in coastal areas of various States. In Karnataka, such a system had been installed in Karwar, Honnavar, Bhatkal, Tadadi and Mangalore, Mr. Muralidhar said.
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Online land conversion service launched

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Online land conversion service was inaugurated by Deputy Commissioner V. Ponnuraj at his office here on Tuesday.

He said the new service would prevent corrupt practices during the land conversion process.

Under the new system, the applications should be submitted in the prescribed format along with the necessary documents at Nemmadi Kendra or the grama panchayat. The process of land conversion would be completed in 30 days after the submission of the application.

Reforms

Mr. Ponnuraj said the district administration was planning to introduce reforms in land conversion system.

Efforts were on to evolve a system for online submission of applications and the necessary documents.

The information on the stage at which the application was being processed would be provided online in future.

He said the system of providing information to the public on the various stages related to the disposal of files at the Deputy Commissioner's office had been introduced in the district.

The information on the stage at which the application was being processed could be availed by entering the application number.

The public would get to know the reasons for which the applications were rejected, and get them cleared by furnishing the necessary documents.

The information on the applications submitted for renewal of gun license, the details on the spending of local area development funds of MPs and MLAs would also be displayed on the website of Deputy Commissioner's office in coming days, he said.

Additional Deputy Commissioner M.K. Srirangaiah and Shimoga City Municipal Council Commissioner P.G. Ramesh were present.
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Karnataka introduces intelligent transport system

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Karnataka has made a modest beginning in using intelligent transport system (ITS) in urban transport management, said Ms V. Manjula, Principal Secretary, Karnataka Urban Development Department.

Addressing a conference on “Intelligent transport system for strategic urban development in Indian cities', Ms Manjula said “ITS is the integration of information and communication technology with transport infrastructure, vehicles and users. It enables information to be collected and shared in order to help people make more informed travel choices, make journey more efficient and help to reduce the impact of transport on the environment.”

“Keeping these principles intact in Karnataka, few ITS projects initiated are B-Track in Bangalore by the traffic police.

Passenger information system (PIS) is by the BMTC and the vehicle location system (VLS) for city buses in Mysore,” she added.

As the State is getting urbanised at a faster pace, the use of ITS is becoming increasingly necessary.

Ms Manjula said “Karnataka is one of the more urbanised States in the country with 38 per cent of population living in urban areas. This population is spread over 237 census towns, with almost 66 per cent of the State's urban population concentrated in 23 cities and Bangalore accounting for almost 11 per cent of the urban population.”

She explained that that ITS is very crucial in managing traffic in urban areas as vehicle density is increasing day by day.

“The growth of urban Karnataka has also brought in its wake of steep increase in the number of motor vehicles, the growth rate ranging from 10 to 14 per cent a year.

The number of vehicles has increased from 16 lakh in 1991 to 83 lakh in two decades,” she said.

B-TRACK

In B-Track project, the traffic management centre processes information collected through surveillance and enforcement cameras installed at various junctions across the Bangalore city, information conveyed through walkie-talkies by traffic policemen, and the plans signal phase timing alterations/congestion monitoring etc.

Information on congestion is conveyed through SMS to registered users of its service and flashed on information boards at vantage points.

GIS/PIS

BMTC has implemented a pilot project on ITS here an automatic vehicle location system is introduced in a limited way by installing GPS units devices on 189 buses.

Buses are tracked on real time basis and all the GPS units are controlled and monitored from a single control room.

Where as for PIS, BMTC has installed at select bus stops and at Bangalore International Airport which gives information on next bus, expected time, route number etc.

VLS

Ms Manjula said VLS is a world Bank-GEF funded project being implemented in Mysore city assisted by SUTP.

This project will be completed by March this year and will become operational from April.

In this project Central control station, automatic vehicle location system, passenger information system are all integrated to one control room through ITS.

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Centre to fund project reports for intelligent transport system

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The Union Urban Development Ministry will fund 80 per cent of the cost of preparing master plan/ detailed project report for intelligent transport system (ITS) in important cities across the country, including those in Karnataka.

A senior Ministry official announced this at the concluding session of a seminar on ITS jointly organised by UDD, governments of Japan and Karnataka here on Friday. Karnataka was keen on implementing ITS initially in three cities — Mysore, Bangalore and Hubli-Dharwad.

“Let the experience in these cities be pilot projects as Karnataka has been the role model for other,” the official said.

The seminar was attended by many big names in the field of electronics from Japan, which is keen on implementing ITS in India, particularly the southern States.

Addressing these companies, the official said that low-cost technology is abundantly available to develop ITS. “If you are keen on implementing ITS in India, you should deploy low-cost technology. The companies will not lose anything because the volumes of deployment are very high,” he said.

At the same time, the companies should explore to make the best utilisation of the existing infrastructure such as mobile telephone network, he suggested.

Also, the companies should be prepared to set up manufacturing units in India by creating Indian subsidiaries, as the country is keen on developing indigenous technology as well as creation of employment.

On the role of Japan International Cooperation Agency, which has been funding various projects in India, he urged the agency to fund certain pilot projects of ITS in India, to test the proof of concept.

The agency may fund preparation of detailed project reports and support the national architecture for ITS which is being developed by UDD. The next phase of Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, which may be launched this year, will include funding ITS.

Commissioner, Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT), Karnataka, V. Manjula, said that a few initiatives of ITS are being adopted in the State, including B-TRAC in Bangalore and the World Bank-funded ITS in Mysore. She said that integration of information and communication technology with the transport infrastructure, vehicles and users, will help people to make more informed travel choices even as it helps improve traffic flow.

Throughout the day, representatives from Japanese companies Nippon Koei, ITS Japan, Zero-Sum Wireless Solutions, East Nippon Expressway Company, Toshiba, Hitachi, Nagoya Electric Worksco, Mitsubushi Heavy Industries and Toyota Tshusho Electronics made presentations on different aspects of ITS.

Yasuhiro Okumura from Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and Taro Okawa from JICA were present.
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Wonder whether the GPS can be used to find out whether police vehicles are parked properly or illegally on footpath. If GPS has enough space resolution ability then this may be possible. In Mangaluru, the Police in competition with the others violate the parking rule on footpath.

On the other hand Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) is also used for detecting overspeeding, illegal parking, congestion pricing, etc in countries which have well developed ITS (Japan, South Korea, Singapore, etc). But, I think in Mysuru ITS will be used only for buses with features like Operational and Maintenance Specification Fleet Management System (Route Planning, etc), Automatic Vehicle tracking system, Electronic Fare Collection, Real-time Passenger Information System, Traffic Management (ATCS), Incident and Emergency Management System, etc. In Bengaluru metro will have many ITS features and a few buses are already having some display elements but how well ITS of metro will be integrated with ITS of bus transportation is not known to me. It looks neither in Mysuru nor in Bengaluru personal vehicles are part of ITS. No idea whether police vehicles form a part of Incident and Emergency Management System. What is more important is how easily the ITS systems, currently under installation, could be enhanced to incorporate other features and modes of transportation. Ultimately we need super integration of ITS in cities with each other and also with highways. A driver should be able to run his vehicle in any city and in any highway with the same ITS gadgets mounted in it and the same type of keyboard/display should be available everywhere. Mostly so called service-oriented architecture could enable this.
Will ITS for Karnataka will be for all vehicles? In Bangalore it includes some kind of traffic information system for all vehicles. Will ITS include non-city roads like highways and will cover whole Karnataka?
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Software solution for better governance

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A Bangalore-based organisation has created a software solution that automates workflows end-to-end in gram panchayats (GPs). The solution, which records the lifecycle of processes, has been implemented in 15 villages in Davangere, said Shankara K. Prasad, founder-managing trustee, Sampoorna Swaraj Foundation, which has developed the software.



Thirty-five thousand residents of the villages, staff, officers, members, and chairpersons of five GPs, implementing agencies and line departments, are using the solution, which will be replicated in 75 villages, all in Davangere, by June, he said.
Automating workflows

Mr. Prasad said the software solution, called Sampoorna Panchayat Work Flow Automation, is a single window for the village citizen for everything to do with the Government. The solution encompasses the entire gamut of GP functions including all transactions, decisions and delivery of services as envisaged by the Panchayat Raj Act, 1993 and the Karnataka Transparency in Public Procurement Act.

It monitors the activities of the GP on a real-time basis. If a citizen in the village wants a birth certificate or has issued a cheque, he can log in with his user identity and password to find what stage his request is at. All GPs have a computer so they automatically turn into centres where people can use the software, he said.

Residents do not have to go out of the village for any service. “GPs handle crores but people have no idea what is happening with the money. They stand in queues or go from office to office to find out where the cheques are held up,” he said.

The software solution uses the Open standard architecture and a process-centric architecture. Programmed on Java, it is developed with an ‘enterprise' perspective with Six Sigma-like processes to check that each process throughout the software is perfect in what it seeks to do. A system of access control is used to give various levels of access to the user.

The levels that each person has control over is related to his role and responsibility. The president of the GP has the rights to manage access control. The solution is interactive, transactional and can be scaled up.

The resident can use the software himself (if he is trained) and can also take the assistance of a village computer coordinator. Familiarity with computers is not necessary.

As the solution has a Web-based architecture, any device with Internet capability can allow easy access to it. All information about GP is in the local language (Kannada).
Interact and participate

The software also has a portal which allows citizen-community participation. Officers and elected officials at taluk panchayats, zilla panchayats and the Ministry for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj can interact with individual GPs and access information about each GP. Citizens can interact with any GP official using the messaging system; report a grievance and track its progress; and approve payment to a contractor only after their grievance has been attended to. They can access the financial and scheme information reports of employment, housing, and drinking water programmes, he said.
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Government announces national e-gov awards 2012

SIS of Uttar Pradesh receives outstanding performance in citizen-centric service delivery

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Departments of administrative reforms and public grievances and department of information technology, government of India have recently announced the national e*governance awards 2012, in seven categories. The shortlisted projects and respective departments will be conferred during the annual two day national conference on e-governance, being jointly organised by the two departments on February 9-10 in Bhubaneswar.

Project ‘e-Checkpost’ of the commercial tax department, of government of Karnataka and NIC has won the gold award under the excellence in government process re-engineering category. In citizen-centric service delivery category, while Sugarcane Information System (SIS) of government of Uttar Pradesh has been conferred with a gold award, the Pregnancy, Child Tracking & Health Services System (PCTS) of government of Rajasthan and national informatics centre (NIC) settled with silver.

The mid-day meal authority in the basic education department of UP has qualified for the most innovative use of technology in e-governance award category. The other categories include, ‘innovative use of ICT by PSUs for customer’s benefits’, ‘exemplary re-use of ICT based solutions’, ‘innovative use of ICT by PSUs for customer benefits’, ‘best government portal’ and ‘specific sectoral award: focus sector for 2011-12: local government’.

The conference is 15th in the series. Last year, it was last held in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. This year the meet would explore how government departments could work collectively to simplify access to public information and ensure anywhere and anytime accessibility for all, accuracy and privacy of the information and analyse large data repositories to support actionable decision-making especially at the lowest level of governance, i.e., in gram panchayats and municipalities.

The two-day meet will have deliberations on key issues related to e-governance such as democratisation of information, social audit and local government.
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Software to track challenged kids

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* Children get special coloured ID Cards

Dakshina Kannada district Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan known for its innovations has now developed a new software, which will help keep track of the details of the challenged children in the district.

The software, ‘Children with special needs database,’ was designed in 2010 on pilot basis and data about challenged children was collected through a census and was unloaded to the software. However, the department has now submitted a proposal of Rs 1.50 lakh under the ‘challenged fund’ in a view of developing the software.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, SSA DK District Coordinator N Shivaprakash said that each challenged child in the district has been given a card with a colour code that describes the disability.

SSA identifies 10 disabilities and so far 4,738 children in age group of 6 to 14 years have been identified in these categories in a survey conducted in August 2011. As many as, 1953 children have been identified with low vision, 33 are totally blind, 104 have impaired hearing, 350 have impaired speech, 773 have orthopaedic disabilities, 870 have mental retardation, 33 have cerebral palsy, 523 have multiple disability, 26 have learning disability and 73 have identified having autism spectrum disorder.

The software records the child’s name, age, address, disorder, various schemes the child has been enrolled for, various benefits received by the child, the education received by the child and many other details. With this software one can generate problem-wise, gender-wise, area-wise and other kinds of data.

With this, one can easily obtain the record of the child. SSA has a provision to enroll these children in the ‘Inclusive education resource centre’ present in each of the seven education blocks, which will help them to cope up with their disabilities. Each of these centres has two special teachers appointed by an NGO and three inclusive education resource teachers. The progress of the child can be charted in the software, says Shivprakash.

“This software is presently limited to SSA. By developing this software, we can easily coordinate with Women and Child Welfare department, Disabled and Senior Citizens department and other departments which provide facilities to the challenged children. The Joint Review Mission was pleased with the software and the State SSA may distribute this software to other districts too,” he said.

“Many a times, the same beneficiary may get the same disability equipment and benefits from different departments. With this software, we can avoid the overlap and distribute benefits to all beneficiaries. We can have an integrated and comprehensive data-base,” said Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat CEO Dr K N Vijayprakash.
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One of the problems pedestrians face other than cleanliness of footpath is branches of plants and trees projecting out of compound wall spreading over footpath. What I would like to have is a GPS based system from which anyone can send a SMS to corresponding official complaining about this with a photograph. The operator at the other end can close this request after attending it but can not delete data. If the complaint is send second time (after time required to attend complaint but before a duration for plants or trees to grow again) then system should alert higher ups and so on. Whether such a system is feasible?
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7K Aadhaar cards lie undelivered

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KARWAR: Untraced addresses of Aadhaar card holders in coastal taluks of Uttara Kannada district has left postal authorities in a fix.

About 7,000 Aadhaar cards are lying in various post offices in Karwar, Ankola, Kumta Honnavar and Bhatkal taluk because these addresses were not traced. This has led to the talks whether Aadhaar cards were registered with fake or dummy addresses in Uttara Kannada. Two days ago, the postal department issued a release asking people who had registered for an Aadhaar card but have not yet received it to contact the nearest post office and take them.

Officials involved with registration of these cards say they had registered according to the guidelines issued by the government. But there are allegations that the procedure itself was wrong as a mere bank passbook was treated as 'address proof' and it's not difficult to open bank accounts.

Nagaraj Joshi, a social activist, points out that officials who were appointed in the registration centre to verify the address proof were either outsiders or had no knowledge about people who were furnishing different ID proofs. "They would just sign the form and some people must have exploited this," he said.

Dattaram, a resident of Karwar, said authorities should have taken care while issuing cards in sensitive areas like coastal belts. But clarifying the stand of postal department, P L Hadaginal, superintendent of posts, Karwar, said there were many cases where people registered for Aadhaar citing one place, but work in another place. This had happened in other districts as well. "To inform people and speed up the card delivery they issued the release," he said.
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Cops mull biometrics databank for cabbies

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BANGALORE: Following the murder of a Visakhapatnam-based jeweller by three cabbies, Bangalore police are thinking of asking all tourist taxi operators to collect biometrics and make background checks on drivers employed by them.

"Yes, first we will seek suggestions from tour operators and taxi operators. Then we will go ahead with our plan," police commissioner BG Jyothi Prakash Mirji told TOI.

He said a similar drive has already been implemented for autorickshaw drivers, who now compulsorily have a display card showing their identity details.

A senior police officer said that with foreign tourists and businessmen landing in Bangalore daily, the onus is on cops to take steps to prevent a recurrence of Tuesday's ghastly murder. Forty-four-year-old Manoj Kumar Grandhi, head of Vaibhav Group from Andhra Pradesh, was killed by three cabbies.

"We need to bring in strict discipline among cab drivers, get them to mend their behaviour as well. They need to maintain discipline on the roads as I have found many of them not respecting motorists and pedestrians ," he said.

Joint commissioner of police (crime-east ) B Dayanand, said, a preliminary meeting with senior officers will be held before going in for any initiative regarding cabbies.

"The idea is good. But implementing it will take some time as we will have to consult taxi and tour operators ," he said.

"We ordered for background checks on tenants and domestic helps. But we have not made it mandatory as it depends on the landlords and households to do it for their safety. But many of them have followed it as they want to be on the safer side," Mirji added.

A taxi operator from RT Nagar, S Rishi Kumar, admitted that he would not take any of his drivers on their face value. "We follow a strict rule of obtaining at least two references. The referees have to have above board credentials and must be known to us, before we employ the drivers. We insist that each driver behaves courteously with customers," he said.

DCP (north-east ) R Ravikanthe Gowda said as the complaint was filed at the BIA police outpost, the case came under the jurisdiction of the Devanahalli court.

"Grandhi's body was taken to his native Visakhapatnam by his family members. We are in the process of questioning all the three accused separately ," another police officer said.

Gavin Dabreo, spokesperson for MERU Cabs, said all their 3,000-odd cabs are installed with GPS. "GPS helps in tracking cab movement. The customer details are filed online and there is 24/7 helpline call centre across the country. These three aspects ensure the safety of customers," he told TOI.

R Neelakantappa, general secretary , KSTDC-pre paid Taxi Owners Association said they direct their drivers to get a no objection certificate from his jurisdictional police station. "During the interview, we ask the candidates to produce driving license , voter ID and other documents. Now we have decided to check our drivers' antecedents," he said.
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I hope they use Aadhaar or NPR database instead of creating another database of biometrics.
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E-Sugam, award clincher for department

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The State's Department of Commercial Taxes was awarded the National Gold Award for excellence in ‘Government Process Reengineering'.

The award is administered by the Department of Administration Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), which is part of the Union Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions.

Pradeep Singh Kharola, Commissioner of the Department of Commercial Taxes, accepted the award on behalf of the department at Bhubaneswar on Friday during the 15th national conference on e-Governance. The award was presented by Odisha Governor Murlidhar Chandrakant Bhandare.

The Commercial Taxes Department's efforts in increasing the efficiency of commercial tax check-posts through the introduction of e-Sugam was recognised through this national award, a release said.

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E-Sugam (Simple Uploading of Goods Arrival and Movements) has simplified the payment of commercial tax on goods. Earlier, when goods were transported, they would leave a voluminous paper trail that needed to be verified at commercial tax check-posts leading to delays, harassment and allegations of corruption.

With the introduction of e-Sugam three years ago, there has been no paper trail with the seller uploading the details of goods sold on to the department's website after which a unique e-Sugam number is issued.

This is the only piece of information that needs to be produced at the check-post while goods are verified. “e-Sugam is a win-win situation for both the traders and the department as traders are not harassed while tax collections have also become more efficient,” said Mr. Kharola.
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A new software just for kids with special needs

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MANGALORE: Identifying Children With Special Needs (CWSN), their disabilities, needs and maintaining those details on record is necessary for proper implementation of schemes that are introduced by the government. The software developed by Dakshina Kannada district unit of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) will come in handy for the government to distribute benefits to such children.The software, which is called CWSN Database, records a disabled child's name, age, address, disorder, various schemes the child has been enrolled for, various benefits received by the child, and education details.

With this software, it will be easy for the government to generate problem-wise, gender-wise, area-wise data to introduce schemes. The government is expected to adopt the software in the state soon. SSA district deputy co-ordinator N Shivaprakash told TOI that the CWSN Database was designed in 2010 on a pilot basis. "The data about challenged children collected through a census was uploaded using the software. We have submitted a proposal to upgrade the software at a cost of Rs 1.50 lakh," he added.

"The software, which is limited to SSA, can also be used to co-ordinate with Women and Child Welfare department, disabled and senior citizens department and other departments' to implement welfare schemes in the state with little modifications," he explained. The joint review mission of SSA too was impressed with the software. "The state unit of SSA may distribute this software to other districts," Shivaprakash said.Another new initiative by SSA is that now each challenged child has been given a card with colour code that describes the nature of disability.

"As per SSA guidelines, there are 10 disabilities and so far 4,738 children in age group of 6 to 14 have been identified in a survey conducted in August 2011. As many as 1,953 children have been identified with low vision, 33 are totally blind, 104 have impaired hearing, 350 have impaired speech, 773 have orthopaedic disabilities, 870 have mental retardation, 33 have cerebral palsy, 523 have multiple disability, 26 have learning disability and 73 have identified with autism spectrum disorder," Shivaprakash said.
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