18th National Conference on e-Governance

18th National Conference on e-Governance

Theme: Digital Governance-New Frontier

The Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), Government of India, in association with the Department of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India and Government of Gujarat, is organising the 18th National Conference on e-Governance on January 30-31, 2015 in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. Senior Officers from the Government, Industry, academicians, technical experts and NGOs will participate in the event.

The Chief Minister of Gujarat, Smt. Anandiben Patel, the Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Dr. Jitendra Singh; will be present during the inaugural session on January 30, 2015. The occasion will also be attended by Secretary, DARPG, Government of India, Shri Alok Rawat; Secretary, Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India, Shri R. S. Sharma; Chief Secretary, Gujarat, Shri D. J. Pandian; President NASSCOM, Shri R. Chandrashekhar; Special Secretary, DARPG, Shri Arun Jha; and other Senior Officers from the Government of India and various State/Union Territory Governments.

National e-Governance Awards for the year 2014-15 will be presented in 12 different categories concerning various aspects of e-Governance during the inaugural session by the Chief Minister of Gujarat and the Minister of State in the Prime Minister Office and Personnel. The Valedictory session will be graced by the Governor of Gujarat, Shri O.P. Kohli and the Minister of Science & Technology, Government of Gujarat, Shri Govindbhai Patel. The National e-Governance Awards recognise some of the best Government to Government (G2G), Government to Citizen (G2C), Government to Business (G2B) initiatives taken by various government departments and also initiatives of public sector units and Non-Government Institutions. The Conference along with the Exhibition is a forum to showcase best practices, innovative technologies and ICT solutions.

The 18th National Conference on e-Governance, with the theme “Digital Governance-New Frontier”, will explore the benefits of the use of ICT, how e-Governance leaders can act as the agents of change, integrated service delivery and use of mobile platform for expanding access rapidly. Focus sector of the year is “Skill Development and Employability”.

The inaugural session will be followed by a session on “Digital India” and plenary session on “Digital Governance-New Frontier”. Other interactive sessions will include discussions on a wide range of topics such as “e-Governance Leaders as Change Agents”; “Accountable Governance through Social Media and Citizen Engagement”; and “Integrated Service Delivery-Standards and Interoperability”; “Use of Mobile Platform for rapidly expanding access”; “Skill Development and Employability”; Partnership with Industry – New Business Model and Service Delivery”; and “Citizen Services in a Smart City – New Paradigm”.


ACC Appointment

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the following:

(i) Curtailment of tenure of Ms. Sujatha Singh, IFS.76 as Foreign Secretary with immediate effect;

(ii) Appointment of Dr. S. Jaishankar, IFS.77 as Foreign Secretary vice Ms. Sujatha Singh, IFS.76, with a tenure of two years from the date of assumption of charge or until further orders, whichever is earlier.


New CMD Joins National Research Development Corporation (NRDC)

Dr. Hanumanthu Purushotham assumed charge as the Chairman and Managing Director of National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) last week. Prior to this assignment, he was Scientist-G & Head of Knowledge Management Centre of International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy & New Materials (ARCI), Department. of Science & Technology, Government of India, located at Hyderabad. He has about 30 years of diverse experience across the innovation value chain in different industry verticals. He served as scientist in different capacities in various CSIR laboratories of the country.

The Tourism Minister, Philippines, Mr. Ramon R. Jimenez meeting the Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma, in New Delhi on January 29, 2015.

Tourism Minister of Philippines Mr Ramon R. Jimenez calls on his Indian counterpart Dr Mahesh Sharma

Both sides agree to improve air connectivity and explore potential in hotel and hospitality education

A delegation led by the Tourism Minister of Philippines, H.E Mr Ramon R. Jimenez met the Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Culture (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation, Dr Mahesh Sharma in New Delhi today. Senior officials of the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India were also present.

Both sides discussed ways to promote two-way exchange in the tourism sector. Various issues ranging from connectivity, infrastructure, and hospitality and hotel management education were discussed in the meeting.

Dr Mahesh Sharma highlighted the recent steps taken by the Indian government to promote tourism like Visa on Arrival enabled by Electronic Travel Authorisation, addressing issues like cleanliness, safety and security among others. He said that India has a lot to offer in terms of tourism and culture as well as history.

The Philippines Tourism Minister, Mr Ramon R. Jimenez said that Philippines has a lot to offer in the area of Human Resource Development because of the presence of several good institutes of tourism, hospitality, restaurant and hotel management institutes for collaboration with India. He also disclosed that Philippines is exploring the possibility of lifting visa requirements for Indians on an experimental basis for 2015-16. Highlighting the difficulty of connectivity between the two countries, the Philippines Minister urged Dr Sharma to take it up on a priority basis. He also invited the Minister to visit Philippines.

Winding up the discussion. Dr Mahesh Sharma assured that action will be taken by Government of India in the areas identified.

The Union Minister for Housing, Parliament Affairs and Urban Poverty Alleviation Shri. M. Venkaiah Naidu addressing at the Conference on Tamil Nadu Smart Cities, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry, in Chennai on January 29, 2015.

Two day consultations with states on smart cities from tomorrow

Policy issues, implementation and financing issues to be discussed

States to be briefed on competition based selection of cities for making them smart

Postal Stamp on Swachh Bharat to be released tomorrow

Before proceeding further with obtaining necessary approvals for launching the ambitious programme of development of smart cities in the county, the Ministry of Urban Development would like to take States and other stakeholders on board sensitizing them to the magnitude of the task and innovative policy and financing tools required to make a success of the smart cities initiative. The Ministry has convened a two day ‘Consultation Workshop with State Governments and Stakeholders on Smart Cities’ on 30-31, January 2015 in New Delhi.

As per the directions of the Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu, 10 critical issues will be discussed with the states for a clear standing of the issues, challenges and the road ahead. These include:

1.Competition based selection of cities for inclusion under smart cities programme;

2.Support and hand-holding the cities need to participate in the Smart City Challenge;

3.Policy issues in respect of area based strategy for development through retrofitting, redevelopment and green field smart city development;

4.Innovative financial tools for funding smart city development and making urban local bodies self-reliant;

5.Credit rating of cities and kick-starting issue of municipal bonds;

6.Promoting citizen participation in identifying project priorities, decision making and implementation;

7.Review of progress achieved under JNNURM with regard to implementation of reforms;

8.Leveraging primary economic activity of each city to augment employment generation;

9.Integrating Smart City Mission with National Urban Development Mission for 500 Cities; and

10. City sanitation and action taken under Swachh Bharat Mission.

Four Working Groups will take up focused discussion on Conditions Precedent and Selection Criteria for Smart City Challenge Competition, Reforms Agenda, Innovative Funding and Pan-City Development and Exemplary Developments.

During the inaugural session on January 30, 2015, a Postal Stamp on Swachh Bharat will be released. Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu, Minister of Communications & IT Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad and Minister of Drinking Water & Sanitation Shri Chaudhary Birendra Singh will attend the inaugural session.


Sports Ministry Enhances Award Money for Medal Winners in International Events and their Coaches

The Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports has revised the Scheme of Special Awards to medal winners in international events and their coaches. In the revised scheme, the award money have been enhanced. The amount of award money for medal winners in Olympic Games (summer and winter) has been enhanced from existing Rs. 50 lakh (gold medal), Rs. 30 lakh (silver medal) and Rs. 20 lakh (bronze medal) to Rs. 75 lakh, Rs. 50 lakh and Rs. 30 lakh respectively. The amount of award money for medal winners in Asian Games and Commonwealth Games has been enhanced from existing Rs. 20 lakh (gold medal), Rs. 10 lakh (silver medal) and Rs. 6 lakh (bronze medal) to Rs. 30 lakh, Rs. 20 lakh and Rs. 10 lakh respectively. In the category of the World Championships, Asian Championships and Commonwealth Championships, three separate categories of award money have been provided depending on whether the championships is held once in four years, once in two years or held annually.

Amount of award money for medalists of Paralympic Games (summer & winter), Para-Asian Games and Commonwealth Games (Para-Athletes) have been fixed at par with medalists of Olympic Games, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games.

IBSA World Championship of Blind, Deaflympics and Special Olympics (summer & winter) have been included in the revised scheme of special awards.

Under the revised scheme, the number of days of training/coaching imparted by coaches to medal winners preceding the event to be taken into account for deciding eligibility of coaches for award money have been reduced from existing 240 days to 180 days.

The revised Scheme of Special Awards is available on website of the Department of Sports.
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