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Web module to end civic graft

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Deccan Chronicle           07.10.2013 

Web module to end civic graft

Chennai: A new web application to monitor all civic work  in the city introduced by the corporation could spell the end of its engineers and other staff making money on the side from payment for substandard work or work simply not done.

The  web-based application  platform which has bro­­ught in a  new mode of payment for the  contractors  was introdu­ced from October 1. In future the civic contractors engaged for all ongoing projects like road repairs, storm water drain construction and park restoration  will have their payment directly deposited into their designated bank accounts.

Additionally there will now be online file processing of all estimates,  which will be sanctioned and linked using a unique asset code. The objective behind the introduction of web-based monitoring system is better supervision and monitoring of civic works to weed out the corruption, say corporation sources. 

Recalling that  the free online certificates for birth and death registrations intr­oduced by the DMK regime  had helped the civic body do away with middlemen in its health department,  former mayor M. Subramanian says the new e-governance modules will help  curb corruption in its operations even further.

But the move has not gone down with the city engineers themselves, who feel the corporation is doi­ng nothing to prevent corruption among corporators who generally flout rules on civic projects.

“Demanding a paltry am­ount while clearing contract bills is an age-old practice among a few engineers and the contractors voluntarily grease their palms. There are many restrictions already to prevent corruption among engineers, but councillors are left scot-free,” fumed an engineer at one of the zonal offices.


Corporation to e-manage medicine disbursement

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The Hindu               23.09.2013 

Corporation to e-manage medicine disbursement

Karthik Madhavan

This will help health officials know the stock position

Coimbatore Corporation will soon initiate a process to monitor on a daily basis the disbursement of drugs at its urban health centres.

According to the City Health Officer, P. Aruna, the Corporation would install software in the computers available with the medical officers in the health centres.

As and when the medical officers prescribed drugs, the same would get deducted from the stock the centres have.

The changes in the stock position would get reflected in the server that would be available at the Corporation’s main office in Town Hall.

This, Dr. Aruna said, would enable the Corporation’s health officials to know the stock position, reinforce the supply and also advice the medical officers on how to manage the stock of drugs.

Citing an example she said that if a medical officer were to prescribe only a particular variety of antibiotic and exhaust the same before moving on to the next variety, the Corporation could ask him to prescribe all the varieties available so that the less-prescribed drugs did not expire.

The second advantage in the new system was that the Corporation would be immediately able to know of disease outbreak or a problem in an area based on the drug dispensed.

This would quicken the reaction time for the civic body to prevent any outbreak.

The next gain the Corporation would have by using the software was that it would be in a position to arrest pilferage of drugs, if any.

The Corporation, she said, planned to install the software at the earliest and also train the medical officers and pharmacists.


Mobile phones to help civic body collect waste efficiently

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The Hindu              18.09.2013

Mobile phones to help civic body collect waste efficiently

Mayor S.M.Velusamy launching a mobile application to monitor garbage bin collection in the city on Tuesday. Corporation Commissioner G. Latha is in the picture.— Photo: K.Ananthan
Mayor S.M.Velusamy launching a mobile application to monitor garbage bin collection in the city on Tuesday. Corporation Commissioner G. Latha is in the picture.— Photo: K.Ananthan

The Coimbatore Corporation on Tuesday launched a waste collection system based on the use of mobile phones to ensure efficacy.

Under the new system, the Corporation has numbered each of the 3,400-odd bins in the city and also provided the mobile phone number of the sanitary supervisor of the ward concerned and the mobile phone number for grievance redressal.

The time and frequency of cleaning will also be mentioned on the bin.

The Corporation had also developed an android-based mobile application to ensure efficacy in removing and transporting the garbage.

The civic body provided the application-installed android mobile phones to sanitary supervisors, who will have to go to the bin at the scheduled time and day to ensure that it has been cleaned.

They will have to use the application to say at what time the bin was cleaned and who the driver was. They will also have to state what the approximate weight was.

The sanitary supervisors’ reports will be cross-checked by officials.

The vehicles engaged in transporting garbage have already been fitted with vehicle tracking systems.

Mayor S.M. Velusamy launched the system in the presence of Corporation Commissioner G. Latha and other officials of the local body.


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