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Jharkhand crouches to take a ‘quantum leap’

August 18, 2011

 

Strap: e-governance another step to smoother, transparent functioning; will end scams and corruption.

 

Ushinor Majumdar

 

Ushinor.Majumdar@hindustantimes.com

 

Aug 17, 2011

 

Ranchi: Jharkhand government is ready to plug in all systems through the integrated electronic management systems.

 

Speaking at a consultation workshop on e-governance (or electronic governance), chief secretary of Jharkhand, S K Choudhary said that the state will take a quantum leap through enabling automation of all government work.

 

The government has entered into an MoU through which it will enable automation of all intra-departmental and inter-departmental work. The departmental work would be on a local area network and the final result would also be available in the public domain online.

 

Choudhary added that some services like the postal services are lagging behind in electronisation and that the state has to look at that too so that optimal tracking of all services at all levels is enabled. According to Choudhary, the state departments have to stretch out for “hand-holding of small scale entrepreneurs.”

 

Chaudhury said, “This state has taken up many challenges ahead of others. Fulfilling all of them then becomes a task to catch up to.”

 

Chief minister Arjun Munda said, “A functioning government is one which has good visibility, so that the people we are serving are able to see what we are doing. In a democracy, the citizens have a right to know and understand what we [the government] are doing.”

 

Munda commented on the right to information act (RTI) as well, in the context of e-governance. He said, “It is tragic that an act such as the RTI had to be implemented. The common man wants answers and information and for that he has to file an RTI to seek information.”

 

According to Munda, “the ultimate aim is to deliver information to the people, so that they should not have to ask for it. Moreover, this is the easiest way to efficiency, transparency and ensuring of timeliness of services.”

 

Munda realises that due to “the demographic and geographical nature of the state”, information is not universally accessible.

 

National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) and Tata Consultancy Services have come up with an answer to that.

 

Tanmoy Chakraborty – vice president and head of government solutions unit of Tata Consultancy Services – said, “E-governance is through  three key elements.”

 

According to Chakraborty, this is possible through three key elements: intra-government efficiency, citizen service centres and treasury automation through realtime integrated financial management system.

 

Most central government services function through local area networks as opposed to the ‘internal memo’ circulation of yesteryear. Intra- and inter-department efficiency will mean that work can be stored on the network and visible to all and will move faster.

 

More than 150 government services can be made available through the proposed 4562 citizen service centres, for those who do not have online access.

 

Treasury automation will mean implementing what Chakraborty calls realtime integrated financial management system. According to this, all departmental work will be visible from indentation of budget, allocation and disbursement of funds, preparing of accounts and final reconciliation with the principle account general.

 

Chakraborty told HT, “The MCA [ministry of corporate affairs website] is a good example. Look at how easy it is to gain access to information on companies, their shareholdings, directors, meetings and so on.”

 

Chakraborty added, “Once the funds are declared at each stage rather than only in March, people can see all information at every stage and there will be no chances of any scams due to delay in the flow of financial information.”

 

 

Sidebar:

 

As an impetus to the shift to an integrated electronic management systems, chief minister Arjun Munda has offered an incentive to the Jharkhand state departments.

 

The chief minister has promised that he will reward and honour the state department that will first finish total integration into the e-governance system. He added that every department and every person who takes an initiative in this regard will receive cooperation and encouragement from him as well as the cooperation of all other departments.

 

With a smile at the corner of his lips, the chief minister also said that if any department is slow in reacting to his encouragement for integration with e-governance, it is an indication that they may have something to hide.

Hindustan Times, Jharkand Edition, Aug 18, 2011

 

 

 

CM says Jharkhand can beat Thai and Chinese silk

 

Ushinor Majumdar Ushinor.Majumdar@hindustantimes.com

 

Aug 17, 2011

 

Ranchi: The state government is introducing portable, silk-extraction and spinning machines that will be eco-friendly and generate more non-farming rural income.

 

A seminar was held here on Wednesday to create awareness of this machine and the work being done. The seminar also had a sparse attendance from the rural population, for whose benefit the machines were being introduced.

 

Chief minister Arjun Munda was present to inaugurate the event and said, “I am glad that Jharcraft is trying to create products that will place Jharkhand in the international market. Our silk can be better than that of Thailand and China ”

 

Jharcraft is in the process of distributing the machines which will draw on solar power to generate energy  for unwinding silk thread from the cocoon of the silk worm and twist it into silk thread. Jharcraft is Jharkhand’s handloom and textile cooperatives undertaking.

 

Munda drew on his favourite example of the visiting chinese diplomat who gifted him a silk saree made in China. Though there is no market for sarees in China, the Chinese manufacture it there to cater to the Indian market.

 

The chief minister said, “Every human being has high potential. In a country where there is such a high population growth, we need to ensure that there is maximises utilisation of human resources.”

 

He provided the example of the silk worm, which alone does all the work that is required to create silk. “Similarly,” the chief minister said, “We have to be like the silk worm and do as much as is possible from within ourselves to be productive individuals.”

 

The chief minister also added a lesson in economics to the audience by saying that the state has to understand demand and keep a constant, quality-ensured supply flow to ensure constant demand for goods made in the state.

 

Dhirendra Kumar, director of Jharcraft, says, “There is a shortage of 10,000 metric tonnes in India. If we bolster production, we can supply that demand.” Kumar added that Jhacraft was also provide an enzyme to soften the cocoon that will make the silk completely organic. At present, chemicals are used to soften the silk-cocoon.

 

The new machines are manufactured by a New Delhi-based company called the NRG Resource Group and Jharcraft has entered into a MoU with them.

 

 

Kunal Vaid of NRG Resource group’s solar power division informed HT that a large number of the silk-spinning machines will be introduced here over a three month period. As per NRG’s MoU with Jharcraft, they will also start a manufacturing unit to produce solar-powered, silk-spinning machines in Jharkhand.

 

According to Vaid, the machines can produce up to 250 gms of silk in 8 hrs but depending on the training provided and the resultant skill of the user, the production can be doubled.

 

Inputs for graphic elements:

 

Figures:

 

Silk requirement in India : 30,000 metric tonnes

Current production: 20,000 metric tonnes

Jharcraft’s target : supplying to meet deficit of 10,000 tonnes

 

The plan ahead:

 

2000 machines to be distributed in 3 months

setting-up of an unit to manufacture portable, solar-powered, silk-spinning machines in Jharkhand.

 

Strap: e-governance another step to smoother, transparent functioning; will end scams and corruption.

Ushinor Majumdar

Ushinor.Majumdar@hindustantimes.com

Aug 17, 2011

Ranchi: Jharkhand government is ready to plug in all systems through the integrated electronic management systems.

Speaking at a consultation workshop on e-governance (or electronic governance), chief secretary of Jharkhand, S K Choudhary said that the state will take a quantum leap through enabling automation of all government work.

The government has entered into an MoU through which it will enable automation of all intra-departmental and inter-departmental work. The departmental work would be on a local area network and the final result would also be available in the public domain online.

Choudhary added that some services like the postal services are lagging behind in electronisation and that the state has to look at that too so that optimal tracking of all services at all levels is enabled. According to Choudhary, the state departments have to stretch out for “hand-holding of small scale entrepreneurs.”

Chaudhury said, “This state has taken up many challenges ahead of others. Fulfilling all of them then becomes a task to catch up to.”

Chief minister Arjun Munda said, “A functioning government is one which has good visibility, so that the people we are serving are able to see what we are doing. In a democracy, the citizens have a right to know and understand what we [the government] are doing.”

Munda commented on the right to information act (RTI) as well, in the context of e-governance. He said, “It is tragic that an act such as the RTI had to be implemented. The common man wants answers and information and for that he has to file an RTI to seek information.”

According to Munda, “the ultimate aim is to deliver information to the people, so that they should not have to ask for it. Moreover, this is the easiest way to efficiency, transparency and ensuring of timeliness of services.”

Munda realises that due to “the demographic and geographical nature of the state”, information is not universally accessible.

National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) and Tata Consultancy Services have come up with an answer to that.

Tanmoy Chakraborty – vice president and head of government solutions unit of Tata Consultancy Services – said, “E-governance is through  three key elements.”

According to Chakraborty, this is possible through three key elements: intra-government efficiency, citizen service centres and treasury automation through realtime integrated financial management system.

Most central government services function through local area networks as opposed to the ‘internal memo’ circulation of yesteryear. Intra- and inter-department efficiency will mean that work can be stored on the network and visible to all and will move faster.

More than 150 government services can be made available through the proposed 4562 citizen service centres, for those who do not have online access.

Treasury automation will mean implementing what Chakraborty calls realtime integrated financial management system. According to this, all departmental work will be visible from indentation of budget, allocation and disbursement of funds, preparing of accounts and final reconciliation with the principle account general.

Chakraborty told HT, “The MCA [ministry of corporate affairs website] is a good example. Look at how easy it is to gain access to information on companies, their shareholdings, directors, meetings and so on.”

Chakraborty added, “Once the funds are declared at each stage rather than only in March, people can see all information at every stage and there will be no chances of any scams due to delay in the flow of financial information.”

Sidebar:

As an impetus to the shift to an integrated electronic management systems, chief minister Arjun Munda has offered an incentive to the Jharkhand state departments.

The chief minister has promised that he will reward and honour the state department that will first finish total integration into the e-governance system. He added that every department and every person who takes an initiative in this regard will receive cooperation and encouragement from him as well as the cooperation of all other departments.

With a smile at the corner of his lips, the chief minister also said that if any department is slow in reacting to his encouragement for integration with e-governance, it is an indication that they may have something to hide.

 


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