40. Current Affairs 2012 December First week Unit one

In this issue The Girls School Dropout Program , E Setu, Lokvani, IBSA support to Palestine etc. are explained. You are invited to post important developments during this week.

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  1. 1. The Girls’s School Dropout Program (GSDP) is undertaken as part of the Vikasini activity. ‘VIKASINI’ literally means Developing and Empowering Women. It aims to empower women especially those belonging to the disadvantaged section of t
    The project centre is located in west Delhi covering a wide area sprawled with over more than one hundred thousand population amidst several slums. From among 300 colleges 137 colleges have already replicated the model in Innovative Education as developed by AIACHE. About 60 colleges have replicated the National Service Scheme on Child Labor.

  2. It is partly supported by the Ministry of Convergence Government of NCR, Delhi in reaching out to vulnerable groups in the society. The All India Association for Christian Higher Education (AIACHE) in 2006, entered into a partnership with the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) and the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) to support the project “Girls’ School Dropout Program (GSDP)” for a period of three years.

  3. 2. E-Setu has become the electronic bridge between the people and the government especially for people in distant places. ‘Setu’ in the local language means bridge. E-Setu has been considered as a unique example of Government-to-Citizen (G2C)

  4. The e-Setu practice is a sincere attempt to bridge the citizen’s access to Information and government services. It attempts to provide public services delivery at the doorsteps of common man with mixed success. Instead of the citizens had to travel to offices at the district headquarters from remote far away villages everyday to receive various services like receiving certificates /copies of public records, etc , the practice has helped to avail these in the vicinity of their villages through the e-Setu platforms. With this the loss for the citizens in the form of loss of day’s income, cost of transportation, uncertainty regarding availability of the relevant official / information is drastically reduced. Citizen services and grievances or requirements are fulfilled within a maximum period of 10 days and at minimal user charges. E-Setu is thus a bridge to address delay, time consuming and costly public service delivery using technology or online platform.

  5. 3. Lokvani, whose inception took place on 9 November, 2004 in the district of Sitapur in Uttar Pradesh, is a self-sustaining, Public Private Partnership (PPP) based e-governance solution providing transparent, accountable and responsive administration.
    Lokvani is a public-private partnership e-Governance programme which has been initiated with the combined efforts of both the district administration as well as the National Informatics Centre in the district of Sitapur which has an 88% rural population with a 38.86% literacy rate (Times of India, 2005; Pioneer 2005).

  6. It is an outstanding example of a highly cost-efficient, economically self-reliant and user financed community network. This solution is targeted at 3.6 million citizens residing within the district, located in the province of Uttar Pradesh, which is the world’s sixth largest political entity in terms of population. Lokvani has been projected as a commitment to the people in providing them with transparent, credible and accountable systems of governance. This system is grounded in the rule of law, encompassing civil, political as well as economic and social rights underpinned by accountable and efficient public administration for the multiphase development of rural people. The primary objective of the IT solution is to bridge the digital divide and “connect” the common man to the strategy makers in a seamless fashion.

  7. Lokvani stands out amongst all other e-Governance projects as it symbolizes the success of the concept of e-accountability, the next step of e- Governance. While other e-Governance efforts are limited to serving the citizens by providing existing services electronically, Lokvani goes beyond that and makes government functionaries accountable to the citizens.

  8. 4. IBSA backs Palestinian bid for UN membership
    Press Trust Of India
    Ramallah, November 20, 2011
    Affirming their commitment to creation of a Palestinian state, key leaders from India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) held talks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who applauded their efforts in mobilising support for his side’s bid for UN membership. “There is absolutely no justification for stalling the Palestinian bid” for UN membership, said minister of state for external affairs E Ahamed, who along with Ambassador Paulo Cordeiro de Andrade Pinto of Brazil and Marius Fransman, South Africa’s deputy minister for International Relations and Cooperation, met Abbas on Saturday.
    “We are committed to it (Palestinian bid for UN membership) and will work together with like-minded countries like Brazil and South Africa to push it towards fructification,” Ahamed said.

  9. sir,
    in your take on public administration . you have introduced the concept of e-governance. there are several government run offices that are not e-friendly and hence the biggest challenge to the concept of e-governance has comes from a batch of government employees who started way back in 1975. since several decision making officers are sacred of the computer . they tend to discourage the rest from accessing it so as to hide their incompetency. this has to degree affected e-governance in the country

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