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Five districts to get egovernance

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The New Indian Express     28.07.2010

Five districts to get egovernance


CHENNAI: In a bid to link districts under the egovernance scheme, the state government will roll out edistrict projects in five districts from August 2, according to IT Minister Poongothai Aladi Aruna.

Speaking after inaugurating CeTIT 2010 here on Tuesday, she said the pilot project would be inaugurated by Deputy CM M K Stalin in Coimbatore.

The Rs 15crore edistrict project funded by the Centre will be implemented in Coimbatore, Krishnagiri, Tiruvarur, Perambalur, Ariyalur and Nilgiris districts. The project will provide services including issuance of certificate of domicile, nativity, caste, marriage, income, employment besides social welfare pensions, revenue court cases, government dues and recovery, public distribution system and right to information services.

This will help carry out automation of the work and internal processes of district administration with the possibility of seamless integration of various departments for providing services to citizens. The server for the district egovernance initiative will be located in Perungudi.

Poongothai said the government would implement esecurity policy to protect users. "It looks at all aspects of esecurity from the aspect of governance," said PWC Davidar, principal secretary of IT department. The draft is in final stages and is awaiting the nod of the CM.

Poongothai said that with the complete implementation of Statewide area network , more than one million km area and about 100,000 government entities will be covered by it. This will result in a paradigm shift not only in administration but also in the mindset of all stakeholders. "The egovernance initiative is an ideal service where minimum data has to be filled, with immediate acknowledgement, where one gets the status of application, a grievance redress at any point besides data privacy and single window services with multiple departments," Poongothai added.

Cognizant Technology Solutions vicechairman Lakshmi Narayanan highlighted the need to invest in technology to bring in good governance. Dr Santosh Babu, MD, ELCOT, and P Murari, advisor to Federation of ICCI, were present.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 July 2010 11:43

Proposal for integrated water supply scheme sent

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The Hindu 01.04.2010

Proposal for integrated water supply scheme sent

Staff Reporter

Nagercoil: The district administration has sent a project proposal to a tune of Rs. 75 crore for the implementation of integrated water supply scheme to Kanyakumari, said the Tourism Minister, N. Suresh Rajan.

According to the Minister, there were 99 village panchayats, 56 town panchayats and four municipalities including Nagercoil, Padmanabhapuram, Colachel and Kuzuthurai in the district.

Potable water for the residents was being distributed by implementing various water supply schemes by making use of water from Mukkadal dam, Tamirabarani river at Kuzuthurai, Valliyaru, Pazhayaru.

Various projects

On par with the increasing population in the district, the Government was exploring ways and means for the implementation of various drinking water projects.

The integrated drinking water project to provide potable water to the people in the coastal areas of the district had already been completed and supply would be commenced at the earliest.

Moreover it had also been decided to provide adequate potable water to the residents of Azagiyapandipuram village panchayat, 8 town panchayats and 249 way-side habitations within Kanyakumari Assembly segment.

The source of water for this scheme was from Thirparappu falls.

Water would be drawn from the falls by laying giant pipes upto Kanyakumari covering a 58-km stretch.

Filter house

A filter house would be constructed at Arumanallur near Boothapandi.

With the implementation of this project 30 litres of water would be given to each resident in Kanyakumari Assembly segment, said Mr. Suresh Rajan.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 April 2010 05:53

Devolution of powers to local bodies not sufficient: CAG

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The Hindu 12.01.2010

Devolution of powers to local bodies not sufficient: CAG

Special Correspondent

Out of 18 functions listed for devolution, only 13 transferred to urban local bodies

None of the 57 town panchayats test-checked by auditors prepared an annual action plan

CHENNAI: Devolution of powers to local bodies in the State has not been satisfactory, according to the audit report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) for the year ending March 31, 2008.

The report, tabled in the Assembly on Monday, noted that of the 18 functions listed for devolution to urban local bodies, only 13 had been transferred to municipalities and municipal corporations, and 12 to town panchayats. The functionaries required had not been transferred both in the case of urban local bodies and panchayat raj institutions, the report said.

None of the 57 town panchayats (out of 561 in the State) test-checked by auditors prepared an annual action plan on developmental issues.

In the absence of local planning, the district development plan did not incorporate local needs in the development process, the audit report stated.

Total receipts in municipal corporations and municipalities showed an increasing trend during 2005-2008, while the Chennai City Municipal Corporation showed an increase in 2007-2008 to Rs. 713 crore after decreasing from Rs. 655 crore in 2005-2006 to Rs. 598 crore in 2006-2007.

The total receipts of town panchayats, however, increased from Rs.603 crore in 2005-2006 to Rs. 2,755 crore in 2006-2007 before falling to Rs. 809 crore in 2007-2008.


The report said that no reason had been assigned for the increase and discrepancies could be reconciled only on receipt of audited annual accounts from zonal offices. The audit showed delays in the release of Twelfth Finance Commission grants to urban local bodies and panchayats.

There were shortfalls in provision of various amenities by the Chennai, Coimbatore and Madurai municipal corporations and the audit of health, family welfare and sanitation activities of the Chennai city municipal corporation showed vacancies in posts of medical officers and non-availability of essential medicines.

Waste processing and disposal facilities, stipulated to have been set up by December 2003, had not yet been set up.

In the audit of panchayat raj institutions, six districts showed ineligible items amounting to Rs. 120.98 crore under the Anaithu Grama Anna Marumalarchi Thittam. Grama Sabhas in 26 village panchayats did not have the required public participation, the report said.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 January 2010 01:53

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