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E-Governance efforts in Kerala : CAG indicting IKM

Posted by egovindia on January 9, 2007

E-Governance efforts in Kerala : CAG indicting IKM
http://cag.nic.in/cag_reports/kerala/rep_2004/LB_08_CHAPTER_IV_.pdf 
is the original document of Comptroller and Auditor General indicting
(the most dubious e-governance project in the subcontinent) IKM and
Government (exposing the links that senior IAS officials have with the
project and Microsoft).

“A review of the implementation of the project was conducted by Audit
during February – July 2003 with reference to records in IKM
headquarters, one Grama Panchayat2 and two Municipal Corporations3. The bilingual
data base in SQL4 Server in MS Access format was analysed using
Computer Assisted Audit Technique and sample test method.”
==> Project clearly involves proprietary corporate solution.

“Government stated (July 2004) that the unutilised Central assistance
of Rs 25.72 crore released during March 2003, according to ways and
means position, had been deposited in the PD account of the Director of
Panchayats. As IKM had utilised only Rs 2.37 crore during 2003-04, there
was no justification to release funds of that magnitude to them.”
==> (in this period we have farmers committing suicides)

“Wasteful expenditure of Rs 69.78 lakh to train technical persons
The expenditure of Rs 69.78 lakh incurred on selection, training and
stipend to the apprentice trainees had become a waste. The Government
stated (November 2004) that the expenditure incurred on training of
technical persons was insignificant compared to substantial cost
benefits that would accrue from BOLT mode. The reply is not tenable as
the wasteful expenditure represented 22% of funds earmarked for
training (Rs 3.15 crore)..”
==> 3.15 crore for training - includes food, accommodation, travel and
campfire expenses - truly 5 star for a State like Kerala.

“Though the administrative control of IKM was transferred from the SPB
to LSGD in July 2001, no fresh agreement was executed between C-DIT and
LSGD for continuation of the project after 31 March 2001.  Government
stated (November 2004) that steps were taken to sign the MoU between
C-DIT and LSGD with effect from April 2001. Such agreement with
retrospective effect will not serve the desired purpose.”
==> Conspiracy between State Planning Board and Local Self Government
Department

“In the absence of higher level suitable provision for validation of
data at an upper level, there was a risk of issuing incorrect
certificates, as the integrity of the data input cannot be
vouchsafed. ”
==> Even if it is technically corrected, the platforms and standards
are proprietary and the risk  would only continue.

“The Government stated (November 2004) that online operation of
Soochika and Sevana had commenced. But online operation of Sulekha, Sanchaya
and Samkhya is yet to start.”
==> IKM presenting plain lies before public with Government approval.

“Due to inadequate controls for authorizing and capturing system access
logs, the security of the system cannot be vouchsafed.”
==> Since freedom to access software components is missing, security is
not there and can never be there.

All this and more at
http://cag.nic.in/cag_reports/kerala/rep_2004/LB_08_CHAPTER_IV_.pdf
========
As of now, the Executive Mission Director of IKM has been promoted to
be Chairman of IKM and is a member of State Planning Board. The earlier
Planning Secretary, SPB is now Secretary to LSG Department (under whose
control now IKM also comes). ==> simple switching theory.

CK Raju
Thrissur
______________________________

A local state affair is now part of a global corrupt mafia !

 

Its not just an in-house affair, the nexus spreads it wings beyond and
extends them to bodies like United Nations - with a different theme
altogether.

http://www.itu.int/osg/spu/wsis-themes/ict_stories/themes/case_studies/kerala.html

A local state affair is now part of a global corrupt mafia !

CK Raju — doxa@sancharnet.in 
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One Response to “E-Governance efforts in Kerala : CAG indicting IKM”

  1. ckraju said

    http://www.cag.gov.in/html/LB/Kr/LB_08_CHAPTER_IV_.pdf

    That’s the link for the pdf file which has been moved from its original address mentioned in this post. This should doubly hurt IKM’s interests as they are quite notorious of writing stuff with such letters to convince their party bosses that the news is absurd.

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