Citizens' Issues
Rs.17 crore goes down the drain at Modi's washed out Varanasi event
As rains led to the cancellation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to his parliamentary constituency on Thursday, for the second time in the past one month, a staggering Rs.17 crore of the tax payer's money also has gone down the drain. Literally!
 
If local district and protocol officials are to be believed, washed out trip has cost the exchequer more than Rs.17 crores. While VVIP visits do cost a fortune, the amount spent on Modi's now-cancelled visit is stunning for more than one reason.
 
First, while this is in stark contrast to the austerity Modi often speaks of, secondly, if one breaks down the expense of the visit, which was to last four hours and 35 minutes, the per-minute expense was to be Rs 6.18 lakh and the per-second averaging Rs 10,333.
 
With heavy rains ruining Modi's programme on June 28, the organizers this time had done their homework well and six special 'German Hanger' like marquees were erected for the public rally at Dereka grounds. These gigantic marquees were both fire and water proof and are estimated to have cost Rs 9 crore. Three air-conditioned mobile toilets were requisitioned from New Delhi for use of Modi and his entourage.
 
The organizers, on condition, of anonymity told IANS that air-conditioners totalling 100 tonnes were in place at Dereka, keeping in mind the humid and sultry weather. Ten special generators to provide 125 KVA electricity were also installed, adding a major expense to the budget. While the VVIP's were to be provided AC's to give them respite from the humid conditions, 100 coolers and 2,000 fans were in place for the public.
 
These generators, along with ten 6 KVA and two 5 KVA gensets would have produced 1.4 MW of electricity that, in ordinary conditions, could have powered more than 1,000 households, an official mused. 
 
This apart, over Rs.4 crore rupees has been sent on boarding, lodging, transport and other expenses of the the prime minister's security and SPG detail.
 
A Wi-Fi enabled mini-PMO was also raised behind the hanger in which Modi was to be present during the launch of the developmental projects. Fifteen LED screens that would have telecast the prime minister's address live to almost 20,000 people amd a high- quality sound system at the rally venue also burnt a hole in the common man's pocket.

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Dahyabhai S Patel

2 years ago

Isee aadmi ne sansad me' virodhiyo' se poochha tha, "hamaari deshbhakti par kisiko shak hai?' Yah kya desh bhakti hai? Us ne Gujarat me' yahee kiyaa tha and Gujarat ka rin ek lakh crores se bhee jyada barha diya hai!!!! America me' Gamndhiji ko shoes nikal ke bhakti bhav dikhane ke liye pranam karta tha, jab ki Gandhiji ko ek inch rah gayee pencil kee bhee kimat thee or apnee tooti hui chappal khud theek karte the!!! Nadee ke paani jaise resource ko bhee jaya nahee' karte the!!!

AJOY KUMAR SARAF

2 years ago

acche din aa gaye. tent
contractors aur bijili walo kay.
janata to aise hi rotirahati hai.
at least rains and visit ( cancelled hui yeh baat
alag hai ), swatch varanasi ko to kiya.

India's e-vault to store documents on cloud draws crowds
As easy as opening an e-mail account, the free Digital Locker facility on a cloud, or cyberspace, allows any individual with an Adhaar card and a linked mobile phone to sign up
 
A key part of the "Digital India" initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the free government scheme that provides a virtual vault in cyberspace for the safe-keep of documents like birth certificates and property papers has attracted 830,075 people.
 
As easy as opening an e-mail account, the free Digital Locker facility on a cloud, or cyberspace, allows any individual with an Adhaar card and a linked mobile phone to sign up. It's a personal storage space to securely store e-documents and links of such official certificates.
 
"One of the aims of 'Digital India' is that a person should have private space on a public cloud. It is one of the desirable deliverables of this initiative," Ram Sewak Sharma, secretary in the Department of Information Technology, told IANS in an interview.
 
"A Digital Locker account is a convenient way of storing certificates in a digitised format. A person can then conveniently see his/her certificates online. Various agencies will also be able to push documents into the locker. These can also be shared electronically," Sharma said.
 
A "cloud" in computer jargon can be described as a network of servers that is hosted on the Internet rather than on the local server of individuals or organisations, allowing a much larger space to store data, and higher speeds to manage and process the same, in a cost-effective manner.
 
Each Aadhaar-linked digital locker, which is hosted on such a cloud by the Indian government , comes with 1-GB of free memory space. The locker has five components: "My Certificates", "My Profile", "My Issuer", "My Requester" and "Directories".
 
"A person has a number of certificates issued to him -- for education, birth, property. When they are digitally stored, it decreases administrative overheads of the government. There will also be less fraud. Whatever you submit, you will be held responsible," Sharma said.
 
"If a document is found to be forged you cannot deny it," added Sharma.
 
"From a citizen's perspective, it reduces the hassle of carrying physical documents. Suppose I have a digital locker and there is an agency which has issued a certificate in my name. There is a provision to push that certificate into the digital locker of the individual."
 
Giving an example, the top official said: "If a Class XII certificate is issued to a person with a 'Digital Locker' it will have a link. This link can be shared. So wherever this certificate is submitted, it can be verified. One knows it is genuine. For the government, it is a great advantage.
 
"Since Aadhaar is unambiguous, the first stage of a person's authentication is already done."
 
This kind of infrastructure was unique to India and the government wanted to leverage that, said Sharma, adding that the potential could be guaged by the fact that more than 850 million unique identification numbers (Aadhaar) had thus far been issued to people.
 
So far, the 830,075 people who have signed up for the service have uploaded 430,324 documents. Maharashtra has the highest subscribers with Maharashtra 88,091 accounts, Uttar Pradesh is next with 79,499, followed by West Bengal with 74,453.
 
"Even the American social security number does not have a biometric database," he said. "Using the biometric authentication process, one can also link a mobile number to his/her identity. So my mobile number effectively becomes my digital identity."
 
Sharma said to cater to the large unlettered population of India, the government has also put an assisted mechanism in place to help open Digital Lockers. "One common service centre in each Panchayat of the country will be offering all kinds of digital services."
 
He explained that through these centres, one can do banking, get birth certificates and ration cards. "We have got 100,000 common service centres in the country which can basically provide assistance," said Sharma.
 
"This is the social inclusion aspect of a 'Digital Locker'."
 
Highlights of the scheme:
 
- Free space of 1 GB to securely store documents and links of official e-documents;
 
- eSign service to digitally sign documents online;
 
- Sharing of e-documents online with any registered requester;
 
- Secure access for requesters to documents in digital lockers;
 
- Documents will have authenticity to eliminate fakes;
 
- People will be held liable for veracity of documents uploaded;
 
- Options for several documents: Educational certificates, PAN card, Voter ID card;
 
- Can eventually be used in a host of domains: Passports, college admissions, driving licences.

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manhar kothari

2 years ago

India has a talent.If we remove politics from good initiative of each government in power,life of average individual will improve tremendously.

Narendra Doshi

2 years ago

Look befor you leap. Think twice before acting.

nginx

2 years ago

Storing confidential information in a digital locker provided by the government? That's suicidal and only the most naive will do that. The government is constantly trying to come up with ways to spy on its citizens and the last thing we need is to make things this easy for them.

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manhar kothari

In Reply to nginx 2 years ago

r we not too negative when we out rightly reject new initiative.what is our technical back ground to react in this manner.

R Balakrishnan

2 years ago

Can Mr Sharma explain why UID has not bothered to cover Chennai at all? Does it mean that Aadhar will be used as a tool to side line folks from Chennai?

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manhar kothari

In Reply to R Balakrishnan 2 years ago

iam from Chennai and my family of 5 have Adhar Cards.

R Balakrishnan

2 years ago

Linking it to an Aadhar card is patently unlawful. Even if you have one, be cautious. NOTHING IS EVER SAFE WITH ANY GOVERNMENT. Better to use a Dropbox . And frankly, you think you are so desperate that you need this cloud storage. You could scan it and carry it in a pen drive. I would hesitate to use GOI for storing anything important.

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manhar kothari

In Reply to R Balakrishnan 2 years ago

what is the definition of SAFE.According to me safe is that when your storage things can be taken back by you and only u and can be used by you and only U
If we reject all new application of cloud computing than we should think that all info tech company who are in coud computing are fool.

Tata Motors global sales remain flat in June
Tata Motors global sales for the month of June 2015 including Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) remained flat at 76,602 units compared to the year ago period, Tata Motors announced on Thursday.
 
Cumulative sales of the entire group for the current fiscal rose by two percent with the sale of 2,33,487 vehicles, Tata Motors announced in a statement.
 
Global Tata Motors commercial vehicles sales including the Tata Daewoo range for the month of June 2015 amounted to 31,083 vehicles which also remained flat compared to June 2014. Current fiscal cumulative commercial vehicles sales numbered 86,766 units.
 
Same is the trend with all the passenger vehicles sales globally which rose by three percent in June 2015 with 45,519 vehicles compared to the year ago month, the statement added.
 
Luxury car brands of Tata Motors, Jaguar and Land Rover, worldwide registered sales of 34,908 vehicles in June 2015, of these Jaguar brand sold 7,087 vehicles while Land Rover brand sold 27,821 vehicles, the statement added.
 
JLR worldwide sales also includes the sales of CJLR, a joint venture between JLR and Chery Automobiles. Chery Automobiles is an unconsolidated subsidiary of JLR.
 
Jaguar cumulative sales for the running fiscal 2015 - 16 are 21,202 while Land Rover cumulative sales stood at 93,250 vehicles, the statement said.
 
Total cumulative sales between Jaguar and Land Rover worldwide for the current fiscal are 1,14,452 vehicles.
 
Tata Motors is the automobile company of the Indian salt-to-software conglomerate Tata Group. It achieved Rs.2,62,796 ($42.04 billion) consolidated revenues for the year 2014 - 15.

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