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    said PwC assisted the government in designing and conceptualizing the project Indians will also get new e passports designed to facilitate international travel by allowing automatic identity verification and faster immigration inspections as well as provide efficient border protection and security An e passport incorporates a security microcontroller embedded in the back cover of the passport which securely stores information printed on the document said Mahendran Kathiresan Infineon Technologies business development manager of chip card and security Infineon is the supplier of contactless security microcontrollers MCU for the e passport initiative If an e passport is misused the immigration checkpoint will be able to detect a mismatch between the printed and digital information Kathiresan explained that e passports support a combination of electronic and optical security features including watermark optically variable device and hologram If an e passport is misused the immigration checkpoint will be able to detect a mismatch between the printed and digital information and authorities can take necessary action against the offender The International Civil Aviation Organization ICAO sets the standards for e passports that have been implemented in over 70 countries Data in the Indian e passport can be read in other countries as it adheres to the ICAO global standards for biometrics and secure storage of personal data in travel documents Seva pilots next month The Passport Seva Project was unveiled in October 2008 after the Ministry of External Affairs MEA signed the agreement with TCS which included plans for the first pilot trial to commence in June 2009 from centers located in Chandigarh and Bangalore The rest of India to be serviced by 77 stations will be issued e passports in 2010 However the project has since missed its June 2009 deadline Manickam joint secretary and chief passport officer for the Union Ministry of

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    the FM Radio Phase III policy soon She said this was being done with a view to incentivise the introduction of FM radio services in the North Eastern States Jammu and Kashmir and island territories and to further liberalise the regulatory framework to provide for greater diversity of content and bring down operational costs Inaugurating the annual BES Expo 2010 organised by the Broadcast Engineers Society India she said broadcast engineers must play a crucial role in guiding the best possible options in the carriage of the content to the public acknowledging that technology is clearly a growth driver for many an innovation in Broadcast sector She also urged broadcasters to ensure that fruits of new technology actually reach the consumer The theme of 16th International Conference and Exhibition on Terrestrial and Satellite Broadcasting was Broadcasters and new Media Technologies and concluded on 31 January Referring to the role of the Government she said the endeavour of her ministry is to ensure that policy framework and business models are in sync to cater to the consumer interest We are guided by the thought that technology neutral approach to policies is the appropriate way Convergence in technology has to fast become a reality The minister also announced that serious thought was being given to devise suitable policies for mobile television She emphasised that the government was committed to technological improvement digitalisation of the DD network to improve the viewing experience As the official broadcaster for telecast of the Commonwealth Games 2010 it would ensure High Definition Television is in place She added that digitalisation of the Broadcasting Services of Doordarshan All India Radio and Cable Services is one of the key thrust areas identified by the Ministry because of the advantages digital mode offers in terms of efficient utilisation of available

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    from Dr Sreedher Felicitating the volunteers Dr Sreedher expressed hope that these trained people would now work in different community radio stations A listeners group was also organised at the event The group listened to the 200th broadcast together discussed the journey covered thus far and expressed its support for future programmes In the past many such listener groups had been organised during previous broadcasts which vastly helped in converting passive listeners into active participants The programme Ek Duniya Ek Awaaz is OWSA s multi dimensional community oriented radio programme Launched in 2005 and broadcast every week on a popular national channel the programme aims to voice the voiceless and educate grassroots communities on issues of social relevance such as minority rights child labour gender equality health and hygiene culture and communal harmony environment and governance etc In August 2008 OWSA initiated a nine month long intensive capacity building programme for six NGOs in Delhi JAGORI a women s organisation NIRMAN working for unorganised workers UDAYAN CARE working for children and youth NACDOR working for dalit rights Bachpan Bachao Aandolan a group that works for the elimination of child labour and CHELSEA working with HIV infected people gays and lesbians sex workers and transgender communities The programme incorporated capacity building workshops for CBOs in the use of audio tools for social and economic empowerment and for networking and content sharing Three member teams from these organisations were trained in scripting recording people s voices and opinions interviewing experts and anchoring They produced programmes on issues they grappled with on a day to day basis echoing the voices of people on the ground educating wider public on issues such as rights of people in police custody masculinity Bal Panchayat and rights of construction workers Please click here to listen to these

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    of India in the e governance sweepstakes Recently in New York The United Nations released an e governance survey E Government for the People that suggests interactive transactional and e participation ideas that nations can adopt and roll out to achieve better connect with their people The survey is based on a study of government web portals of member states The survey ranks member states in accordance with an E Government Development Index EGDI which measures the willingness and capacity of national administrations to use information and communication technologies ICTs to deliver public services South Korea with a score of 9 283 10 retains its position at the top of the list ahead of The Netherlands and The United Kingdom Denmark the United States France and Sweden follow closely behind taking their place among the global e government leaders While these countries are clearly the stars of e governance India the world s second most populous country is ranked 125 with a score of 0 3829 Israel Liechtenstein and Luxembourg which have invested heavily on e governance of late are the new names in the top 20 Findings The 2012 Survey shows that countries have moved from a decentralised single purpose model to a unified whole of government model for e governance While European countries generally run separate portals for their information service and participation offerings the Republic of Korea the United States Israel Australia Norway Denmark and New Zealand are among the few that come close to pure one stop shop portals The 2012 Survey emphasizes that there is no single superior model of e government Countries at different stages of e government development namely emerging enhanced transactional and connected can opt for models that best suit their particular needs Indeed the success of e governance in such diverse

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    Action Appropriate Technology Choice OneWorld South Asia Info Chhattisgarh Bags the Best e Governed State Award 19 December 2008 Chhattisgarh has won national awards in three out of four e Governance categories at the yearly Computer Society of India CSI Nihilent e Governance Awards 16 December 2008 CSI Nihilent e Governance Awards 2007 08 was announced at Hyderabad on 8th December in which Chhattisgarh was selected as the Best e Governed State in India These awards were won by Chhattisgarh in close competition with advanced states like Karnataka Kerala Goa and Madhya Pradesh Gujarat had been getting the Best e Governed State Award for the last two years The awards also selected the Food Department of the State as the Best e Governed Department and the e Procurement project of the state was selected as best e governance project in the country Chhattisgarh s online citizen services under CHOiCE project is already operational in six districts and the project is being rolled out to all other districts as well very soon Under e Procurement project online tenders amounting to INR 2200 crores have been processed In the latest e Readiness survey of Government of India Chhattisgarh has been placed at

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    phones are accessible through a mobile version of the national portal to WAP equipped phones in addition to other services available via text message The initial phase of the mobile portal will include 11 basic government services with 39 more to be rolled out by year s end taking the total to 50 The key services include enquiries regarding electricity bills and traffic contraventions daily price index flight information school examination results and registration of complaints to government bodies South Korea was the first Asian country to embrace mobile government and introduced a plan in 2002 in which mobile phones PDAs and other such devices would be used in implementing government services such as tax payments Japan as a leading country in the use of third generation cell phones finds the concept of m government out of date and uses the term ubiquitous Japan u Japan instead Under the u Japan policy set to be accomplished by 2010 Japan aims to be a society where ICT will be everywhere in daily life and can be easily used Anytime Anywhere by Anything and Anyone Hong Kong and Taiwan have also had government level initiatives aimed at using mobile government service In the Philippines more than half of government departments use the mobile channel to deliver public services which have evolved from simple information alerts to increasingly sophisticated transactions A number of Singapore ministries have also been quick to leverage the SMS channel Singapore residents can choose to receive text message alerts for anything from renewal of road tax public parking season ticket reminders national service obligations results of medical examinations for domestic workers to passport renewal notifications Mobile services have also proven to be a convenient communication channel in times of crisis At the height of the Sars crisis in 2003

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    both on phone and through the internet China has rolled numerous phone numbers available to informers of corruption cases into a single number 12309 in an attempt to make it easier and more appealing to the public The Supreme People s Procuratorate SPP says that every report made to the 24 hour hotline will be processed and a response will be communicated to the informant Image credits FutureGov China launches anti corruption hotline Meanwhile the SPP reassures that although these cases will be handled by both the SPP and the provincial procuratorates all reports will be kept strictly confidential to protect the whistle blower A new web site is reported to be set up soon to support the hotline the web site will also accept corruption reports filed online People are being encouraged to use the new number to report bribery dereliction of duty unlawful detention unlawful searches and the illegal coercion of suspects An unnamed official of the SPP said the new hotline will promote the public s monitoring of government administration It is also reported that the procuratorate of the southern province of Hunan plans to award informants up to 10 per cent of recovered bribes and embezzlement

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    contracts spanning hardware software and systems integration The project is aimed at e enabling the delivery of high volume citizen centric services such as issue of certificates pension and ration card related services at the district level It is being piloted in 37 districts and the national rollout for the project is likely to kick off by March April 2010 It is scheduled to be completed by December 2011 Piloting better governance A source said that the pilot stage across 14 States entails an expenditure of about Rs 4 crore each in 37 districts The national rollout would involve 600 districts We are hopeful that the pilot will be completed by February 2010 the source said It will automate the back end of district level offices The modalities of the national implementation are yet to be finalised but broadly it would entail the entire IT hardware infrastructure besides application development and middleware system software consultancy programme management and support It will automate the back end of district level offices District Collector s office revenue court among others a person with the knowledge of the project said In the pilot phase the scheme involves 6 10 categories of services A core list of six categories of services has been drawn up at the national level for implementation by various States These include issue of certificates employment nationality marriage income social welfare pensions revenue court case listing stay orders case adjournment orders Government dues and recovery as part of land revenue issue of notices recording payments tracking of default processes and Right to Information Services application tracking monitoring and redressal The program aims to take IT in Governance to another level the impact of which will be felt on the delivery of citizen services All these services would be delivered though the

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