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CIC’s reply to eGovINDIA

Posted by egovindia on July 3, 2006

 V. M. Kumaraswamy and eGovINDIA are making every effort to bring out the IMPORTANCE of 487 CIC’s of NORTHEAST for the FUTURE of NORTHEAST.

VMK and eGovINDIA Group has followed up with another LETTER to MINISTRY. on behalf 487’s CIC’s of NORTHEAST and thanked them for responding to our REQUEST.

We have gathered lots of INFORMATION on 487 CIC’s of NORTHEAST. This could be used to make presentations at all EIGHT STATE LEVEL and also to DONER personally.

Some CIC’s need to make a group in each STATE and present the FACTS about 487 CIC’s of NORTHEAST. Why this needs to be done.



V. M. Kumaraswamy

Reply from “Minister of Communication & Information Technology”

Date: Sat, 1 Jul 2006 13:13:31 +0530 (IST)
Subject: Memorandum by CIC Operators and Employees of NORTHEAST requesting to FUND for Five more years the well ESTABLISHED 487 CIC’s in NORTEAST.
From: “Minister of Communication & Information Technology” <>  
To: “Venkat Kumaraswamy”

Recd. your email. 
Forwarded to the concerned officer for necessary action.   
Addl. PS to MOC&IT 


I have received reply from Ministry of Information Technology.

They are looking into the issue of 487 CIC’s of NORTHEAST. They are considering it to include it as part of NeGP.

 Let us wait for further reply from them. BUT we should keep our presurre on Govt. of INDIA to make sure that 487 CIC’s are not forgotten in the scheme of things of eGovernance.

Let us keep meeting officials at different levels and present them with all the facts that we collected so far on 487 CIC’s of NORTHEAST.

Hon’ble Minister for Tourisum Ms. Ambika Soni is coming to Assam on July 3rd and 4th. CIC’s should take a delegation to her and present her the issue of 487 CIC’s of NORTHEAST. I hope some of CIC’s in ASSAM can do this.

I have talked to other MINISTERS also and see what happens on this.



V. M. Kumaraswamy, MBA


V. M. Kumaraswamy meeting with Ministers and Officials 


12 Responses to “CIC’s reply to eGovINDIA”

  1. egovindia said

    Date: Mon, 3 Jul 2006 11:06:40 +0530 (IST)
    Subject: Re: [eGovINDIA] Re: Regularisation of CIC-Operators in NE & JK.

    > Sir,
    Thanking you for giving us time to time information that We
    CICos also have future now.Thanking you all who are supported us in
    demanding to take up and regulasition of CICians so ALL CICians
    must gratefull to eGovINDIA for highly supported us.

    With regards
    Predith T.Sangma PGDSE

  2. egovindia said

    Date: Mon, 3 Jul 2006 11:24:44 +0530 (IST)
    Subject: Re: [eGovINDIA] Re: Regularisation of CIC-Operators in NE & JK.

    Dear colleague,

    I agree whole heartedly with you views . do keep it



  3. egovindia said

    Date: Mon, 3 Jul 2006 11:19:24 +0530 (IST)
    Subject: Re: [eGovINDIA]

    Yes, Unity is strength So We should stand together in our demand.What
    ever steps are taking we should inform each other to fight together.

    With regards
    Predith T.Sangma PGDSE

  4. egovindia said

    Date: Mon, 3 Jul 2006 10:42:25 +0530 (IST)
    Subject: Re: [eGovINDIA] MEMORANDUM Submitted to Hon�ble Minister Dayanidhi Maran, Hon�ble Minister for DONER a nd hon�ble Members of Parliment fromNortheast INDIA Sta tes.

    Dear Friends,

    We are from Tripura, North East of India inform you that we also with U
    in this fight.

    CIC. Khowai, Tripura

  5. egovindia said

    Date: Mon, 3 Jul 2006 10:48:03 +0530 (IST)
    Subject: Re: [eGovINDIA] from CIC Vijaypur( j & K)

    Thanks add my yahoo ID for details

    CIC, Khowai, North East of India
    > We really appreciate the steps taken by CICO’s of north -east region
    > regularisation.
    > Carry on ur struggle as it’s our right to get that.
    > We fully support u & always with u.
    > Regards CIC Vijaypur

  6. egovindia said

    Date: Mon, 3 Jul 2006 15:55:05 +0530 (IST)
    Subject: eGovINDIA from CIC Sunderbani

    We really appreciate the steps taken by CICO’s of north -east
    region for regularisation.
    Carry on ur struggle as
    it’s our right to get that.
    We fully support u
    &am always with
    This the right step to secure the future and
    Hoping May GOVT take any action regarding our future

    Regards CIC

  7. egovindia said

    From: “harry_1364”
    Date: Mon, 03 Jul 2006 04:05:26 -0000
    Subject: [eGovINDIA] Re: Regularisation of CIC-Operators in NE & JK.

    regularisation of cico’s is the main demand of all the cico’s that
    should be understand and accepted by the respected states.

  8. egovindia said

    Date: Sun Jul 2, 2006 10:45 pm
    Subject: Re: [eGovINDIA] Regularisation of CIC-Operators in NE & JK.

    We all CICos of Meghalaya is supporting you we always with you all
    the time.
    With regards
    Predith T.Sangma PGDSE,

  9. egovindia said

    Date: Mon, 3 Jul 2006 17:42:16 +0530 (IST)
    Subject: Re: [eGovNORTHEAST] Reply from Ministry of Information Technology


    thanks for your initiative for the CICs.

    CIC Staff
    Algapur Dev. Block

  10. egovindia said

    Date: Fri Jun 30, 2006 2:35 am
    Subject: Re: [Fwd: [eGovASSAM] All employees at 487 CIC’s of NORTHEAST need to respondto this. Tell all to RESPOND.]

    > Dear all,
    No doubt some distinguished services have to be provided to emphasise
    the importance of CICs. But, we have to place our demand to make CICs
    permanent to avoid its vulnerability. because a hale and hearty mind
    is important is very important for any work-force. I don’t think with
    mere 5,500.00 rupees a CICan can be satisfied and devote completely
    to work. It does hamper to work. So, govt. should understand the
    plight of the CICans and importance of IT. CICs could well be
    included under the deptt. of IT. IT at today’s date is an
    indispensable one to the modern life. And if we really want to
    proceed with others in this 21st century, govt. must come forward.

    Paresh Kr. Saharia
    CICO, Bhergaon, Darrang.

  11. egovindia said

    From: “Telahi CIC Site”
    Cc: “Venkat Kumaraswamy” , “eGov Northeast” , “egov Assam”
    Date: Fri Jun 30, 2006 2:50 am
    Subject: Re: [eGovNORTHEAST] All employees at 487 CIC’s of NORTHEAST need to respond to this

    Dear all,

    You are quite aware that there is only the ICT infrastructure in
    development blocks of entire North Eastern India which is Community
    Information Centre(CIC). No one need to explain about the services provide
    in the CICs. Due to negligence of some Government departments we are
    unable to implement e-governance services though many times government
    putting up orders on behalf of Governor of Assam vide letter No.
    IT.151/2005/1 dtd 16th February’2006 indicating that all the e-governance
    exercise must be completed on or before 31st May’06. Duly this order
    extended to 30th of June’2006. But still the authority willingly ignoring
    it. They are ignoring the ICT power to uplift of socio-economic growth in
    this rural area through CICs because if the e-governance will be
    implemented their way of getting bribe under table will be stopped.

    The basic aim of the CICs was to campaigning IT literacy, ICT services,
    Knowledge generation to rural people and creation of self-employment in
    the rural area. Except e-governance all the purposes were achieved 100%
    goal to the society by CIC Operators without any parent department. The
    government providing only the Infrastructures and NET connectivity by NIC
    only……this is the great achievement of CIC Operators. The credit goes
    definitely to them and it proves that their eligibility of technical power
    is high.

    The last election work CIC Operators and CIC infrastructures were use in
    various district and sub-divisions. The truth can’t be denied.

    Still we are appealing the higher authority to implement more and more
    application and services in CICs for greater interest of poor rural people
    to bridging the gap between govt policies and end users.

    Now a day, IT is the hub of all departments and common people. If CICs
    exist permanently in your block area it will benefited to the Government
    department as well as common people not only the CIC Operators. It is seen
    that some Government department runs only in their name. They are drawing
    Government facilities without a return. As a result government facing
    total lost. The central Government commissioning CICs to the concern State
    governments state that, CIC is a Non-profit service sector projects. It
    serves the rural poor people where about 68% of people living under BPL.
    According to the MoU CICs achieving its goal. The IT is new concept for
    not only North-Eastern India but also for the 3rd world developing
    countries. So CICs never stops. CICs must be exist permanently in the
    block area only under Department of IT (either it may state government or
    Central government). All the CIC Operators should be absorbed under it.

    The government needs policy and willingness to live the IT arena in
    North-Eastern India. They should not ignore the ICT power in
    socio-economic development of a society. If Government fails in bring CIC
    to a permanent shape they unable to keep the transparency of Democratic
    means and society lacking behind the progressive one.

    It is here by appeal the concern departments to take up CICs for the
    greater interest of public.

    Debendra Hazarika
    CIC Operator
    Telahi, Lakhimpur

  12. egovindia said


    Submitted To

    Venkat Kumaraswamy
    By the CIC (Community Information Centre) Operators of Assam

    DATE – 29/06/2006

    We, on behalf of all the CIC Operators of Assam, would like to submit a memorandum for your kind initiative and suggestion for the greater interest of the CIC Project as well as the people of Assam.

    As you are aware that the CIC (Community Information Centre) Project under the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) was launched in August, 2002 for extending ICT (Information & Communication Technology) services to the rural people of the country. There are 487 CICs in the 8 (Eight) North Eastern States including Sikkim. Out of which 219 CICs are in Assam.

    CIC is equipped with Computers, VSAT connectivity, Uninterrupted Power Supply, Laser & Dot Matrix Printers and Television sets with IRU (for video broadcasting) and are run by 2 (two) Operators per CIC.

    In the last 3 years & 10 months the CICs have been able to familiarize rural North East with the many facets of ICT.

    CICs have been providing citizen centric services like ———

    Agricultural market information to the farmers.
    Veterinary related teleconsultancy services.
    Providing Information about Different Government Schemes and Forms (like Kutirjyoti,PMRY,Kalpataru, CMSY, old age pension etc)
    On- Line PAN card apply
    Postal Information
    Air & Railway reservation.
    State & National level exam results to the students.
    Educational Information
    Online Share Trading.
    Internet Banking.
    Cell one Duplicate Bill
    On-line Business.
    CIC has played an important role in the last Parliamentary Election, which includes i) uploading latest election results on the web, ii) various data entry works, iii) installation & maintenance of computer hardware & software provided to the election observers.



    Other important contributions which needs special mention like ——–

    Browsing Center : A RURAL INTERNET CAFÉ , where from a student to 70 yrs. old person can surf / chat / mail in a convenient and easy way in support of CIC Operators.
    Training : CICs have been providing computer education to the office staff and local youth ( Employed and unemployed), Teachers, Housewives & students by imparting various Certificate Courses like CCC / DOEACC / IGNOU etc.
    Communication : All the communication is passed through E-Mail among different office, Dist. H.Q. to Sub Division and up to the Circle and vice versa. WT Massage / Official Progress Report / downloadable materials / office messages etc. from the district level authority to the circle level, block level authority are delivered by CICs only.
    B.P.L. Computerization : Each Block, CIC worked for 3 – 4 months by inserting an average of 30-40 Thousand House portfolios.
    Hosting Websites : All CICs have launched their websites, where the local databases in each facet like land revenue, social forestry, agricultural sector, health sector, education is also uploaded by the CIC only.
    Moreover, the Central and State Government has also taken initiative to utilize the CICs as nodal centres for implementation of e-governance.

    Now, slowly and steadily the CICs are becoming an indispensable part of our society as well as the State Government.

    In this regard, we would like to furnish the following few points for your kind consideration and necessary action.

    Regularization of job of the CIC Operators:-
    In this project altogether 438 persons have been employed in Assam and all are working very hard to provide quality service to the rural masses. We have been employed on a contractual basis for 5 (Five) years. This makes our future and the project very uncertain. We would appeal to you in the greater interest of the people of Assam that CICs serve to adopt a long term view of the project and accord it a permanent status. We would also request you to use your good office to regularize the job of all the CIC operators of Assam either under Assam Government or under the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT), Govt. of India.



    We would also appeal to you for speedy implementation of e-governance through CICs. CICs is equipped with all necessary infrastructure and manpower for its implementation. Though in few CICs e-governance have been implemented but for its overall success each and every CICs of Assam should be given the responsibility for providing this major service. The Government of Assam can do this without spending a single penny only through CICs.

    Online medical support:-
    We are ready to provide Telemedicine / Teleconsultancy / Online Medical Help. But for that we need your help through the concerned Health Department, Govt. of Assam for necessary services. Here we will go for Video Conferencing but the Govt. of Assam may kindly allot consultant doctors from G.M.C.H. (Guwahati Medical College Hospital). By doing so Assam will be figured in the national / international level in providing ICT services in the rural areas.

    Disaster Management:-
    CICs can play a big role in Disaster Management. CICs are having VSAT connectivity. So in this regard, CICs can be very useful in providing – 1) Weather information, 2) Satellite images, 3) Recent earthquake information, 4) Cyclonic storm warning etc. which we are already providing.

    As you are aware that the then Prime Minister of India Late Rajiv Gandhi had a dream to Computer literate all people residing both in urban and rural India. After 12 years of his Good Office the Project “Community Information Centre” came to the North –Eastern States of India and presently it is extending to Jammu & Kashmir. This Block level IT architecture may achieve the Gandhi’s Dream

    Thus CIC is not just an office but a friend of destitute, a friend of Scholars, a friend of Local Business man, a friend of students and a friend of farmers. So, we think we have to keep alive this institution at any cost.

    We want to take Assam in the global arena. Now, your kind attention will boost the future of CIC’s.

    Yours faithfully,

    Dhruba Jyoti Sarmah
    On behalf of all the CICO of Assam

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