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Bihar Ministers Get Laptops Under National e-Governance Plan

Posted by egovindia on July 16, 2006

Bihar Ministers Get Laptops Under National e-Governance Plan

Patna: July 9, 2006

http://www.patnadaily.com/news2006/july/070906/ministers_get_laptops.html

After lagging behind in the Information and Technology gravy train for years, the Bihar government is finally taking steps to catch up with other developed states by equipping all of their 26 ministers with sophisticated laptop computers under the national e-governance plan of the Central government.

The Science and Technology department has approved the purchase of several laptops, over 250 servers, hundreds of desktop computers and 40 projectors to give a massive boost to the state’s non-existent I&T infrastructure.

The government had earlier okayed a laptop, a printer, a facsimile machine and other peripherals attached with the computer for NDA ministers. The Beltron portables alone are being purchased at a cost of Rs. 70,000 each.

State Science and Technology Minister Dr. Anil Kumar said once all the ministers and top-ranking administrators have been equipped with computers, the state will move to furnish computers and necessary software to each district and block offices in order to bring the IT revolution in the state government that is notoriously behind in the race in comparison to other states in the country.

As reported earlier, the state government, also gave away brand-new luxury SUVs to all of its ministers and MLAs at a whopping cost of Rs. 3.8 crore.

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Kalam unveils 10 missions for Bihar’s development

Posted by egovindia on June 21, 2006

Kalam unveils 10 missions for Bihar's development

Patna, Mar 28: Laying emphasis on agriculture and allied sectors, social sector, infrastructure and e-governance President A P J Abdul Kalam today unveiled 10 missions for transforming Bihar into a developed state by year 2015.

In his address to a joint session of the bicameral legislature, Kalam recalled the past glory of the state and asked the lawmakers to draw inspiration from it to usher in a new era of progress and prosperity.

Describing agriculture as the core competence of the state and the first mission for development, Kalam lamented that despite having very good soil, abundant supply of irrigation water and a hardworking population, the sector was performing poorly.

The aim, he said, should be to increase rice production from 5.5 million tonnes to 15 million tonnes and wheat production from four million tonnes to 12 million tonnes in four years time.

Stating that Bihar should become "the theatre of action for India's second green revolution", the President suggested creation of sugar cooperatives on the lines of Maharashtra who could establish at least 10 sugar mills which can fully utilise the existing 100 lakh metric tonnes of sugarcane being produced.

He also suggested to spread the operations of Bihar state Cooperative Milk Producers Federation (COMPFEd) to all the 38 districts to enable provision of additional productive self-employment to 7,50,000 families in rural areas in next three to four years.

Stressing the need for a fresh thrust to education, the second mission, Kalam suggested raising the literacy rate of 47.5 per cent to 75 per cent by 2010 and 100 per cent by 2015.

Kalam underlined the importance of maintaining academic calendar and suggested the Human Resource Development ministry to consider creation of an IIT, Indian Institute of Science and 10 state-of-the-art development technical institutes for higher education. Regarding creation of global human resource, the third mission, the President said the state would have around 45 million youths by 2050 and keeping this resource in mind, universities and educational systems in Bihar should create two cadres of personnel: (1) a global cadre of skilled youth with specific knowledge of special skills and (2) another global cadre of youth with higher education to take up research and leadership roles.

Kalam's fourth mission — Renaissance-Nalanda international university — envisaged a university with international partnership with an outlay of Rs 500 crore whose focus would be the evolution of world of peace and prosperity, devoid of crime, terrorism and war.

"To recapture the past glory in the modern context, in keeping with Buddha's teaching for seeking knowledge in a holistic way by understanding the inter-connectedness of things in life and the universe, it has been proposed to establish a Bodh Gaya Nalanda Indo-Asian institute of learning in partnership with select Asian countries," he said.

Terming healthcare as a vital ingredient for development, Kalam, in his fifth mission, proposed equipping state's primary health centres and hospitals with mobile clinics and suggested that the government start a scheme under which every citizen makes a contribution of rupees three per month and government gives a matching grant. This will lead to a consolidated health fund of Rs 576 crore per annum for the people of Bihar.

Referring to the devastation caused by recurrent flood, Kalam, in his sixth mission, stressed the need for scientific water management. He underlined recovering all water bodies from encroachments by using satellite maps, de-silting all village ponds and clearance of inlet and outlet in the gangetic basin, dredging of rivers and creating check dams so that water can be retained in the drought prone south Bihar.

The President recommended a 500 km-long waterway in south Bihar by connecting the south to north flowing rivers. This, he said, will be apart from providing irriga tion facility to over five million acres.

Kalam's seventh mission — infrastructure development– proposed converting 35,000 km length of rural roads to all weather road and maintenance of national and state highways to international standards.

He suggested creation of 500 PURA (Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Areas) centres in the state for improving physical connectivity through quality roads, electronic connectivity through tele-communication and knowledge connectivity through education and vocational training of farmers, artisans and entrepreneurs Kalam recommended setting up one nuclear power plant of 1000 MW, apart from large scale use of solar power.

The President suggested making Bihar a tourist destination of the world as his 8th mission keeping in mind the state's rich civilizational heritage. He suggested connecting the Grand Asian road from Singapore to Myanmar to Bodh Gaya through north eastern states' east-west highway.

He also underscored improving air connectivity for boosting the tourism sector, which, he said had the potential for four million jobs and revenue earning of 10 million us dollars annually.

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State govt gets serious about e-governance

Posted by egovindia on June 21, 2006

  State govt gets serious about e-governance
[ Friday, May 19, 2006 02:06:57 amTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

PATNA: The state cabinet on Thursday adopted introduction of e-governance as a state policy, and also set the ball rolling in this regard by giving approval to consultancy firms shortlisted for creating requisite infrastructure to cover the entire state and district administrations for better and transparent flow of information from the government level down to the block administration besides public and business sections.

Of the shortlisted consultancy firms, Tata Consultancy Service, Beltron and Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (ILFS) would enter into a tripartite joint venture to constitute a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for a four-pronged objective. The estimated cost of the project is over Rs 38 crore.

The main objectives of the SPV would be to prepare software and strategy to introduce e-governance, raise funds for the development and spread of e-governance, develop information technology infrastructure and do capacity-building work for downstream implementation of schemes so that a total IT transformation of the state is achieved.

The bottomline is that mere installation of computer systems in various departments for functional purpose does not constitute e-governance.

Incidentally, the government would not have to pay money for the purpose initially. The SPV itself would raise the required fund, and the government would make the payment in course.

Other institutions to be involved with the SPV in delivering the allotted work are IIT and Indian Institute of Management (IIM).

Cabinet secretary A K Chauhan said the SPV would prepare a comprehensive special package for e-governance so that the state complies with the advice of President APJ Abdul Kalam and becomes at par with other states, which are already ahead with regard to adoption and implementation of e-governance.

With the cabinet nod, the SPV would get together its allied institutions to get on with the allotted work without wasting time. The money to be paid to the institutions concerned would be decided later.

Meanwhile, the cabinet gave sanction to the appointment of former law secretary Basudeo Ram as deciding officer in the state's industrial tribunal. He would be in the rank of district judge.

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e-Governance in Bihar: myth or reality

Posted by egovindia on June 21, 2006

e-Governance in Bihar: myth or reality
30 May 2006

In a bid to make e-Governance a reality, Bihar is all set to take a big leap towards e-Governance to adopt it as a state policy on the advice of President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.  Urging a visit to the state earlier this year, Kalam had suggested that the new government led by Nitish Kumar go in for e-Governance as a tool for development and to ensure corruption-free administration. The state has proposed to constitute a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) with the clear-cut objective of bringing about Information Technology (IT) transformation in the state. The SPV would constitute a tripartite joint venture of state-owned Beltron, Tata Consultancy Services and Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (ILFS) at the estimated cost of Rs. 380 million.

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Bihar to take big leap towards e-governance

Posted by egovindia on June 21, 2006

 Bihar to take big leap towards e-governance

http://www.newkerala.com/news2.php?action=fullnews&id=61881

Posted on 19 May 2006 # IANS

 Bihar to take big leap towards e-governance Patna: Bihar, where former chief minister Lalu Prasad once rubbished IT as an elitist tool, is all set to take a big leap towards e-governance with the government formally adopting it as a state policy on the advice of President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

During a visit to the state earlier this year, Kalam had suggested that the new government led by Nitish Kumar go in for e-governance as a tool for development and to ensure corruption-free administration.

"E-governance would become a reality after government adopted it as policy on advice of President Kalam" state secretary A.K. Chauhan said Friday.


In a bid to move ahead with e-governance, the state has proposed to constitute a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) with the clear-cut objective of bringing about Information Technology (IT) transformation in the state. The SPV would constitute a tripartite joint venture of state-owned Beltron, Tata Consultancy Services and Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (ILFS) at the estimated cost of Rs. 380 million.

The SPV would prepare a comprehensive special package for e-governance. Besides, separate e-governance packages would be created for different departments by the joint venture partners, based on the specific requirements of each.

According to a state official, apart from preparing software and strategy, the SPV would raise funds for the development and spread of e-governance, and develop information technology infrastructure.

Therefore, the government does not have to finance the project initially, but make the necessary payment in due course of time.

Nitish Kumar had taken the first step towards e-governance by providing laptops to the top brass in the state administration to keep records of their departmental activities and projects.

Forty-five laptops had been given initially to senior officials of the rank of commissioners and secretaries in various departments. In the second phase, other officials will be given the laptops, the official informed.

The tech-savvy chief minister's official residence will be made the main operational centre for e-governance, according to a resolution approved by the state cabinet Thursday. The scheme to computerise the chief minister's residence and secretariat is estimated at Rs. 3.8 million, informed Chauhan.

The previous state government, headed by Rabri Devi had brought several departments online and launched an official web site of the state. She had also announced last year that 9,000 village councils of the state would be computerised.

Her husband, Railway Minister Lalu Prasad, also a former chief minister, has often rubbished informationtTechnology as a "tool of the elite".

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