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BBMP puts up personal details of pourakarmikas on website

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The Hindu          31.05.2017   

BBMP puts up personal details of pourakarmikas on website

The data, up for a month now, was restricted from public access only by Monday

As the debate over privacy and Aadhaar rages across the country, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) courted controversy of its own on Monday by putting out personal details of thousands of pourakarmikas on its website. The information was restricted from public access only by Monday evening after a push from the government.

The BBMP put out details such as Aadhaar, ESIC and Provident Fund numbers, date of joining and type of employment along with the pourakarmikas photographs. They said it was done in an effort to bring in transparency over the employment of pourakarmikas in the city and admitted that it was an “oversight.”

According to sources, the BBMP officials were intimated by Monday afternoon that publishing Aadhaar details was in violation of Aadhaar Act, 2016, which expressly prohibits the same. By evening, the details were removed from public access.

Terming the updating of Aadhaar numbers of pourakarmikas as ‘unnecessary’, Mythri K., of Alternative Law Forum, told The Hindu that the BBMP’s effort to put up these details has revealed that problems such as duplication of names, fake names and the names not matching with the ground reality, exist. She said details of 32,000 pourakarmikas in 198 wards had been published on the BBMP website.

Office memorandum

Incidentally, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology e-Governance group, in an office memorandum on March 25, asked all chief secretaries of the State and IT secretaries not to publish identity information such as Aadhaar number as it is in clear contravention of the provisions of Aadhaar (Targeted delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act 2016. It specified sections 29(2), 29(3) and 29(4) that constitute an offence under sections 37, 40 and 41, punishable with imprisonment of upto three years.

The memorandum came in the light of personal identity or information of residents, including Aadhaar numbers and demographic information collected by various ministries, departments in administration of various welfare schemes, reportedly being published online and made easily accessible on an online search.

One month


Meanwhile, acknowledging that the publishing of Aadhaar details had been an “oversight” on their part, BBMP Commissioner Manjunath N. Prasad said the details had been up on the website for about a month now. “There had been many allegations that the number of pourakarmikas with the BBMP was inflated. So, their names and other details were put up on the site as a step to increase transparency.” Once this came to his notice on Monday, the details were taken off the website. “The Aadhar details will be removed and rest of the information will be put up after that,” he added.

Despite the main link from the website being removed, another link on the website still had details available online. The Commissioner said that he would ensure that the link would be made accessible only to officials.

The UIDAI has also washed its hands of the matter, saying it is the government agency that puts out the details that is responsible. Scores of details have been leaked in this manner. Even a layman can access details through a Google search. This adds to the vast amount of details already leaked online.

Shijil

Free Software Movement, Karnataka

 

Mayor promises to keep Mysuru city clean

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The New Indian Express       05.06.2017  

Mayor promises to keep Mysuru city clean

MYSURU: In the wake of Maharani’s College hostel students’ protest over prevailing unhygienic conditions in the hostel and the death of a student, Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) officials have swung into action to take up a cleanliness drive.

MCC gangmen, on the directions of Mayor Ravikumar, cleaned the hostel premises and cleared weeds as the students alleged that Sachitha S Aradya, a second year BSc student, died due to dengue after she was admitted to a private hospital. The hostel students alleged she might have died due to dengue and staged a flash protest on the campus, alleging that drinking water has been contaminated.

The health officials have ruled out that the student died of dengue and clarified that she was suffering from high fever and was admitted to a hospital. Meanwhile, Ravikumar said they have decided to get the water tank cleaned, take up de-weeding and fogging of the hostel premises.

He said the officials are directed to fog the parks and residential areas and sought public co-operation to maintain cleanliness in the city. He added sumps should be closed and the stagnant water should be cleared in residential areas.

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Ravikumar said he would attend to public complaints if they send pictures of water-logging on streets or stagnant water on footpaths to his WhatsApp number.  “I have assured them and the people that the corporation will work 24x7 and do its best to see that no dengue cases are reported in the city,” he added.
 

Smart City projects set to take shape

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The Hindu         25.05.2017   

Smart City projects set to take shape

This year, Chennai will spend around Rs. 100 crore to give itself a makeover

Two years after Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Smart Cities Mission, its implementation is likely to kick off in the city. Key smart city projects are likely to be cleared for administrative sanction by the Board of Directors of Chennai Smart City Ltd. on Wednesday, said sources in the Chennai Corporation.

Wednesday’s meeting will be the fourth board meeting of Chennai Smart City Ltd. The previous three meetings did not clear any proposal. Slated to cost Rs. 85 crore, the key projects to be cleared include constructing a new multi-level car parking facility, redevelopment of eight parks, redesigning of 23 roads, and development of a pedestrian plaza.

“Other important projects such as a traffic management system and phase 2 and 3 of the Pedestrian Plaza in T.Nagar will be implemented later. A detailed project report for many of the projects will be ready soon,” said an official.

Challenges

Challenges to the implementation of Smart City Mission projects include opposition from traders in T.Nagar, hurdles in revision of parking charges for the city, implementation of Metro Rail project, lack of interest among other stakeholders in the private sector to support the projects, inadequate funding for smart city proposals and resettlement of hawkers.


This year Chennai is likely to spend only around Rs. 100 crore for projects under the Smart City Mission.

The multi-level car parking can accommodate 230 cars and 550 two-wheelers, but there is a hitch. The corporation can’t collect charges for motorcycles, as per an existing government order. It can collect only Rs. 5 per hour for cars. This makes operation and maintenance of the multi-level parking facility an expensive proposition. The government has to revise the parking fee, an official said, adding that this would be discussed in the board meeting. Work on redevelopment of Panagal Park has been shelved due to the Metro Rail project in the area and civic officials expect a few other proposals in the city to be hit by subsequent phases of the Metro Rail.

41 projects

Officials say that at least 41 Smart City projects are expected to be implemented at an estimated cost of Rs. 1,300 crore in the city in the years to come. But implementation of many of these projects including 24x7 supply of water in T.Nagar is likely to be a challenge as a number of unauthorised buildings dot the city’s commercial district, officials say.

 


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