|Instant Money Order|
In this age of instant fund transfers from one part of the globe to another, it is but natural that money orders too graduate to the efficiency level of digital communication. Within minutes of booking an amount ranging from Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 50,000, the recipient receives the money at a nominal cost to the sender using ICT infrastructure.
Instant Money Order was started on 26th January 2006 in 23 locations. The facility is now available at 460 Head Post Offices across the country. Plans are afoot to expand it to more post offices in future using the existing human resources and ICT infrastructure. MAC Address capturing and Digital Signature is used for the first time in the Department of Posts for accessing the application.
Making money orders history and bringing in Instant Money Orders would bring a lot of smiles from common people who are dependent on this medium for their livelihood, trade and commerce. Instant Money Orders display ICT’s capability in helping common people to utilize their money more productively.
Instant Money Orders gives speed, mobility, safety and reliability for money transfer through Post Offices (iMO Centre) in India between two resident individuals in Indian territory. The application was developed by NIC.
A great public utility service, the sooner it spreads to remote villages, the better. A good case of how ICT empowers common folks.
|<< Within minutes of booking an amount ranging from Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 50,000, the recipient receives the money at a nominal cost to the sender using ICT infrastructure. >>|
Dr Rakesh Gupta
Dr Shefali S Dash
N I C , DoP , Dak Bhawan
011 – 23351545
|National Portal of India : india.gov.in|
The National Portal of India www.india.gov.in is a huge and comprehensive assembly of data and facts regarding the services available in the country right from central to Panchayati level in a single portal.
The National Portal of India is a Mission Mode Project under the National E-Governance Plan implemented by the National Informatics Centre. The objective behind the Portal is to provide a single window access to the information and services of the Indian Government at all levels, from Central to the State Government, from the District Administration and to the Panchayats, all for the Citizens and Overseas Indians.
The Portal is one stop source of information about India and its various facets and provides comprehensive, accurate, and reliable information. The information in the Portal has been well classified into distinct modules, which are also interlinked at relevant places to provide the visitor with a holistic view.
India, the largest democracy in the world, is emerging as an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Superpower rapidly. The facet of e-governance has also taken roots as Indian Government has been laying a lot of emphasis on good governance through ICT.
e-governance is an effective tool to effectively participate in the rapidly evolving globally networked society, to bridge the gap between India and other developed countries and to propel the country forward to a new position of strength in the world economy. The first milestone in the history of National Portal was, laying the foundation stone in 2004 when the National Portal project was conceptualised and was given a Mission Mode status, under the e-governance plan.
National Portal Team
V S Mohan
T P Muthu
National Informatics Centre
011 – 24363692
English, Hindi &
|Website of Mumbai Police|
The Mumbai Police is now reaching out to the citizens of Mumbai through the internet – law enforcement is now just a click away! This user friendly and data rich website designed and developed by BC Web Wise is a first of its kind in the country.
Recognizing the needs of citizens, the Mumbai Police has adapted and has now made it easier for citizens to lodge a FIR. All you have to do is log on to the website – www.mumbaipolice.org and register a non-cognizable offence. In case of a cognizable offence, a police officer from your area police station or the crime branch will immediately call you and register an FIR. BC Web Wise has also enabled a lot of other interactive and extremely useful features like a ready list of all police stations with their phone numbers, traffic updates, weather updates & advisory. Also photographs of missing persons & unidentified bodies are flashed on the website, so that a larger number of citizens can help in identifying and in reporting sightings of missing people.
This citizen centric website is a welcome step in dispelling the negative perception of police. It gives the citizens chance to interact with police efficiently and effectively. The public has become more assertive and the police more accountable. Fear of lodging a complaint against the police has gone down considerably. The initiative demonstrates the power and flexibility of ICT in bringing transparency in governance and adapting to the needs of any government department. Above all, ICT demonstrates that it can empower common folks.
|<< This citizen centric website is a welcome step in dispelling the negative perception of police. It gives the citizens chance to interact with police efficiently and effectively. >>|
Chaya Brian Carvalho
BC Web Wise Pvt. Ltd.
022 – 26421292
|National Employment Service Portal|
The Lakshadweep Union Territiory is the first in India to digitise the Employment Exchange. The entire Live Register of the Employment Exchange of the Union Territory of Lakshadweep has been digitised since 2nd April 2007.
Governed by central government, Lakshadweep consists of ten inhabited islands scattered in Arabian Sea, which are linked to each other by ship service. However, during the South West Monsoon, the islands are cut off completely.
The Administrator of the Union Territory is the Head of the State clothed with immense power delegated by the President of India. Considering the difficulties of the isolation of island from each other and shortage of connectivity between islands and mother country, the administrator initiated the project to digitise the Employemnt Exchange Lakshadweep, Kavaratti, situated at capital island Kavaratti.
Earlier the educated youths from all other nine islands came to Kavartti for registration. Since the digitization of Employment Exchange Lakshadweep, these educated youths need not come to Kavaratti Island for any activity related with the registration of their name, renewal of their registration and updating their newly acquired educational qualification. Those registered can visit the website and see the status of their name being sponsored against vacancy and other job opportunities elsewhere.
Geographical barriers caused by natural phenomenon could be overcome by judicious and intelligent use of ICT. Those seeking employment are usually short of funds and asking them to travel frequently when transport modes are not sufficient is a torture and mental agony. The initiative of digitization of employment exchange has potential for replication in other states. Employment seekers could then earn livelihood and seek better opportunities of job from their doorstep.
|<< Geographical barriers caused by natural phenomenon
could be overcome by judicious and intelligent use of ICT. >>
B.V. Selvaraj (IAS)
K P Mohammed Koya
A K Saxena
Administration of the Union Territory of Lakshadweep
UT of Lakshadweep
04896 – 262255
|AP Rural Employment Guarantee
The software application for NREGA in Andhra Pradesh is one of the very few examples of an e-governance project in Andhra Pradesh, wherein a scheme itself is launched with the software solutions becoming an integral part of the business processes.
Under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme launched in February 2006, at least 100 days of guaranteed wage employment in every financial year is offered to every household whose adult members are ready
to do unskilled manual work. The works to be taken up under the scheme include water conservation, water harvesting, drought proofing, tree plantation, irrigation works, irrigation facilities to lands of SCs/STs/ beneficiaries of land reforms/ beneficiaries of IAY (Indira Aawas Yojana), land Development, flood Control and protection works, link roads.
In earlier programmes it has been observed that all the citizens in need of work were not given work due to lack of works ready for execution. Even those who worked got wages far less than their outcome and in some cases their names were written but never paid. To ensure transparency in the administrative mechanism, ICT was deployed extensively.
The use of technology begins at the stage of registration of all wage seekers. The Panchayat secretary verifies the applications of wage seekers and enters the details in a register kept in Gram Panchayat. The information about the wage seeker is entered into the computer placed at the Mandal Level and the front page of the job card is printed with the unique ID and details of the household. The photo is captured from the database of the civil supplies department’s ration cards. All the wage seekers have to open post office/ bank accounts and the account numbers are also captured.
As a result of the use of the software application, the time taken to generate work estimates has been reduced from 15 to 20 days involving cumbersome procedure to barely minutes. Moreover, since the estimates are based on accurate formulae and system generated, the technical sanctions are given quickly. The sanctioning limits to AE/ DEE have been enhanced to give quick sanctions and sufficient works are kept ready to meet the demand for work. Even the estimates are realistic since the rates are pre-fixed at the back end. For the first time, the computer system uses templates for each type of work for arriving at the manpower, material requirement estimates and complete engineering calculation for the
Department of Rural
Development, Govt of Andhra Pradesh, India
040 – 23296792