States to rollout ‘Parivesh’ by January 15

The New Year starts on an optimistic note for industries seeking various environment clearances. An ambitious web-based single-window system ‘Parivesh’ will be rolled-out at state levels by January 15, bringing an end to the clearance nightmare for entrepreneurs.

It is an environmental single window hub for Environment, Forest, Wildlife and CRZ clearances. This Single-Window Integrated Environmental Management System has been developed in pursuance of the spirit of ‘Digital India’ initiated by the Prime Minister and capturing the essence of Minimum Government and Maximum Governance.

“PARIVESH” is a workflow based application, based on the concept of web architecture. It has been rolled out for online submission, monitoring and management of proposals submitted by Project Proponents to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MOEFCC), as well as to the State Level Environmental Impact Assessment Authorities (SEIAA).

It seeks to give various types of clearances (e.g. Environment, Forest, Wildlife and Coastal Regulation Zone Clearances) from Central, State and district-level authorities.

The system has been designed, developed and hosted by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, with technical support from the National Informatics Centre, (NIC).

It provides single registration and single sign-in for all types of clearances (i.e. Environment, Forest, Wildlife and CRZ), unique-ID for all types of clearances required for a particular project and a single Window interface for the proponent to submit applications for getting all types of clearances (i.e. Environment, Forests, Wildlife and CRZ clearances).

Significance and benefits of the platform:

  • PARIVESH offers a framework to generate economic growth and strengthens Sustainable Development through e-Governance. With automatic highlighting of non-compliance by the system, PARIVESH helps in improving the overall performance and efficiency of the whole appraisal process.
  • It also helps the processing authorities, as it has a Single Window System for Central, State and District level clearances.
  • The facility of Geographic Information System (GIS) interface for the Appraisal Committee will help them in analyzing the proposal efficiently, automatic alerts (via SMS and emails) at important stages to the concerned officers, committee members, and higher authorities to check the delays if any.
  • It also enables project proponents, citizens to view, track and interact with scrutiny officers, generates online clearance letters, online mailers, and alerts to state functionaries in case of delays beyond stipulated time for processing of applications.
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IndusInd Bank launches India’s first interactive credit card with buttons

IndusInd Bank has announced the launch of IndusInd Bank Nexxt Credit Card, which empowers customers with a choice of payment options such as EMI, Reward Points or Credit at the push of a button, on the card, at the point of sale (POS). The bank claims it to be the nation’s first interactive credit card with buttons.

According to the bank, this card provides customers with the flexibility of 3 payment options at a POS terminal — Credit, Converting Transactions into EMIs with 4 tenure options (6, 12, 18 & 24 months) or using accumulated Reward Points, by simply pushing a button on the card. The card has been created in partnership with Dynamics Inc, which is headquartered in Pittsburgh USA, and designs and manufactures intelligent, battery-powered payment cards.

The bank says that this card is loaded with features that will elevate the shopping experience for customers through entertainment offers, concierge services, lounge access, fuel surcharge waiver, reward earnings, and reward redemptions. The card also comes with the exclusive Nexxt Reward Points, which further add to the bouquet of customer benefits.

The card incorporates technology that is revolutionary for a payment card and provides exceptional consumer functionality as well as value. It indicates a customer’s desired payment choice using LED lights associated with the three options. A customer does not need to fill any paperwork, or call their bank, or log in to any banking channel to convert their POS transactions into EMIs, or to redeem their rewards points, according to the bank.

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Delhi Police launches e-learning portal for training its personnel

In order to impart training and provide up to date information to police officers, the Delhi Police has launched an e-learning portal, ‘Nipun’.

The portal aims at giving online training and information through specialized courses available online which have been designed by experts in various fields. “With an online resource like law, standing orders, investigation checklists, forms for case files, latest High Court and Supreme Court rulings being made available online, it is envisioned that the Investigating Officers will be able to take the benefit of this information during the course of their duty or while handling a case.

The courses are in collaboration with University Grant Commission (UGC), FICCI, NHRC, NCPCR and Janaki Devi Memorial College, Delhi University under the project CLAP “The Collaborative Learning and Partnership”. Further, the Delhi Legal Service Authority has also consented to be a partner in developing specific courses for the Delhi Police.

The portal aims at giving online training and information through specialized courses available online which have been designed by experts in various fields

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DIPP hosts Global Digital Content Market 2018

The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, is hosting a conference on Global Digital Content Market (GDCM)2018, on 14th- 15th November 2018, in New Delhi. The conference will feature sessions on music, film, broadcasting, and publishing, as well as collective management, emerging models and the implications for the market and policymakers.

The conference will feature sessions on music, film, broadcasting, and publishing, as well as collective management, emerging models and the implications for the market and policymakers.

India has been chosen as a host nation for the conference by World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) due to the strong creative industry in the country in films, music, and media.

The focus for this year’s conference is the Asia Pacific region.

About Global Digital Content Market (GDCM) 2018:

GDCM is a platform to discuss vital issues and enhance the development of the digital and IP generating industries such as publishing, films, music, and gaming all of which are major contributors to the Indian GDP.

The GDCM 2018 will see the participation of professionals from various creative fields, the digital industry around the world and delegates of the diplomatic community from Missions to the United Nations.

The aim of GDCM 2018 is to give industry stakeholders a platform to come together and discuss new avenues in the films, music, gaming and creative industry along with points of challenge that is presented due to the changing creative landscape because of the disruption brought about by digital technologies.

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NDMC launches QR-enabled fridge magnets for digital payment of bills

The New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) on Sunday launched a “smart” initiative wherein it will distribute quick response-enabled smiley fridge magnets to its consumers to facilitate digital payment of utility bills.

Powered by SignCatch – an IT and services company, the magnets will be personalised and each customer will have a unique QR Code mapped to their consumer account number.

The consumers, an NDMC official said, can stick these magnets on their refrigerators at home and use their smartphones to scan the QR Code on the magnet to pay their bills instantly.

The NDMC said that these magnets would be extremely useful in cases where a consumer misplaces the pending paper bills.

The move will reduce collection costs and expedite revenue realisation.

In the first leg of its campaign, the NDMC aims to give the magnets to 25,000 of its electricity and water consumers across Lutyens’ Delhi, with plans to subsequently expand the coverage

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Govt to launch #Self4Society app to rope in professionals for volunteer work

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to launch the ‘#Self4Society’ mobile application on October 24 in New Delhi, according to a report by The Hindu. The app, developed by MyGov, will help coordinate volunteer work undertaken by professionals.

This platform will help to create better synergies among so many CSR and other initiatives and lead to a much better outcome of the efforts of professionals.

Companies have observed that a spirit of service and volunteering improves employee satisfaction and reduces employee attrition.

The app will have incentives, gamification and intra- and inter-company competitions, and social networking.

The volunteer time for the government’s flagship programmes such as Swachh Bharat is expected to increase.

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Train ticket booking queries? ‘Ask Disha’ chat bot launched on IRCTC e-ticketing website with all the answers!

IRCTC launches ‘Ask Disha’: Are you booking an Indian Railways train ticket? Do you have had queries related to ticket booking and cancellation? Do you need information related to catering or other value-added services offered by IRCTC? Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has launched an all-new feature on its e-ticketing website, irctc.co.in, to cater to your needs! Called ‘Ask Disha’ – Digital Interaction to Seek Help Anytime – the new artificial intelligence-enabled chatbot is a first of its kind initiative for any Indian government website, claims IRCTC.

About Ask Disha:

The chatbot is a special computer programme designed to simulate a conversation with users, especially over the internet.

The first-of-its-kind initiative by IRCTC is aimed at facilitating accessibility by answering users’ queries pertaining to various services offered to railway passengers.

The chatbot is voice-enabled and will support several regional languages in the near future. It will offer greatly improved and intuitive customer support by answering customer queries pertaining to all aspects of the services that IRCTC provides.

The essential features of AskDisha include the ability to quickly answer to customer queries, ability to provide round-the-clock customer support, ability to multitask, zero waiting time for the query to get answered and overall ability to provide the customer with a stress-free experience and overall customer satisfaction.

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India moves up 8 spots in Visa’s e-payments adoption ranking

Visa, a global leader in payments technology, announced that India ranked 28th among 73 countries in the 2018 Government E-Payments Adoption Ranking (GEAR) study.

This is up from 36th rank in 2011, reinforcing the country’s progress towards digital transformation. This is the third edition of the study after those in 2007 and 2011.

The ranking is based on seven parameters viz. Government-to-Citizen (G2C), Citizen-to-Government (C2G), Business-to-Government (B2G), Government-to-Business (G2B) transactions, infrastructure, socio-economic and policy environment.

Performance of India across various categories:

In the latest study, India is ranked 28th among 73 countries. This is up from 36th rank in 2011.

B2C category: India leads the Business to Government category, along with Australia, Singapore and South Korea. The category refers to the ease with which businesses can calculate and make their tax payments, register and renew their registrations online and digitally calculate their pension fund contributions, thereby making those payments on a periodic basis.

At the same time, by simplifying refund and loan application processes, wherein businesses can track status digitally, coupled with dedicated digital portals to submit proposals for government procurement services, India leads the Government to Business category as well.

The C2G category evaluates the extent to which citizens can complete various transactions electronically by assessing six indicators, including online one-stop shops, income tax payments, and obtaining an ID card. India ranks third in this category, along with four other countries, while France and the UAE top the list.

The G2C category captures the extent to which various government transfers like tax refunds, pension and welfare benefits and unemployment benefits can be accessed electronically. In India, while everything pertaining to tax filing and pension and welfare benefits has smoothly migrated to digital, the unemployment benefits system continues to be driven by paper processes, as a result of which the country still lags behind, in 25th place.

The infrastructure and socio-economic categories examine the supportive infrastructure for e-payments and their acceptance in society at large. With respect to infrastructure, while India has witnessed an increase in Internet penetration over recent years, substantial pockets of communities continue to lack reliable access, leaving country ranked 58th.

In the socio-economic category, India is ranked 60th out of 73 countries, highlighting an urgent need to focus efforts on enhancing educational levels, as well as improving citizens’ and businesses’ engagement with Internet-enabled services.

The policy category assesses the policy environment and examines how it spurs e-payments adoption. Though India ranks at a low 40th owing to a few inhibiting policy decisions, the government’s efforts to strengthen Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) with an objective to foster innovation and protect country’s traditional knowledge could motivate innovation and act as a catalyst businesses to grow. Incentives to consumers and merchants to adopt digital payments are also restricted to selected e-payment methods, potentially limiting the effectiveness of these measures.

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India moves up to 28th in the 2018 govt e-payments adoption ranking: Visa study

Visa, the global leader in payments technology, today announced that India ranked 28th among 73 countries in the 2018 Government E-Payments Adoption Ranking (GEAR), up from 36th in 2011, reinforcing the country’s progress towards digital transformation.

The 2018 GEAR, an Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) global Index and benchmarking study commissioned by Visa, ranks governments by quantifying their e-payment capabilities based on various indicators. The EIU evaluates the extent to which major countries around the world have adopted e-payment systems, based on the digital platform and according to seven criteria — Citizen-to-Government (C2G), Government-to-Citizen (G2C), Business-to-Government (B2G), Government-to-Business (G2B) transactions, infrastructure, socio-economic and policy environments. Norway tops the GEAR list scoring 89.7 points in seven categories.

India leads the B2G category, along with other countries like Australia, Singapore and South Korea. The category evaluates the ease with which businesses can calculate and make their tax payments, register for the first time, as well as renew their registrations online and digitally calculate their pension fund contributions, thereby making those payments on a periodic basis. At the same time, by simplifying refund and loan application processes, wherein businesses can track status digitally, coupled with dedicated digital portals to submit proposals for government procurement services, India leads the G2B category as well, along with four other countries.

The C2G category evaluates the extent to which citizens can complete various transactions electronically by assessing six indicators, including online one-stop shops, income tax payments, and obtaining an ID card. India ranks third in this category, along with four other countries, while France and the UAE top the list.

The G2C category captures the extent to which various government transfers like tax refunds, pension and welfare benefits and unemployment benefits can be accessed electronically. In India, while everything pertaining to tax filing and pension and welfare benefits has smoothly migrated to digital, the unemployment benefits system continues to be driven by paper processes, as a result of which the country still lags behind, in 25th place.

The infrastructure and socio-economic categories examine the supportive infrastructure for e-payments and their acceptance in society at large. With respect to infrastructure, while India has witnessed an increase in Internet penetration over recent years, substantial pockets of communities continue to lack reliable access, leaving country ranked 58th. In the socio-economic category, India is ranked 60th out of 73 countries, highlighting an urgent need to focus efforts on enhancing educational levels, as well as improving citizens’ and businesses’ engagement with Internet-enabled services.

Finally, the policy category assesses the policy environment and examines how it spurs e-payments adoption. Though India ranks at a low 40th owing to a few inhibiting policy decisions, the government’s efforts to strengthen Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) with an objective to foster innovation and protect country’s traditional knowledge could motivate innovation and act as a catalyst businesses to grow. Incentives to consumers and merchants to adopt digital payments are also restricted to selected e-payment methods, potentially limiting the effectiveness of these measures.

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Finance Minister launches web portal www.psbloansin59minutes.com

The Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Shri Arun Jaitley launched here today a transformative initiative in MSME credit space. The web portal www.psbloansin59minutes.com will enable in principle approval for MSME loans up to Rs. 1 crore within 59 minutes from SIDBI and 5 Public Sector Banks (PSBs). It is a strategic initiative of SIBDI led PSB consortium incubated under the aegis of Department of Financial Services (DFS), Ministry of Finance.

About the Portal “PSBLoansin59min”:

It is one of its kind platforms in MSME segment which integrates advanced fintech to ensure seamless loan approval and management. The loans are undertaken without human intervention till sanction and or disbursement stage.

The Portal sets a new benchmark in loan processing and reduces the turnaround time from 20-25 days to 59 minutes. Subsequent to this in principle approval, the loan will be disbursed in 7-8 working days.

The solution uses sophisticated algorithms to read and analyze data points from various sources such as IT returns, GST data, bank statements, MCA21 etc. in less than an hour while capturing the applicant’s basic details.

The system simplifies the decision-making process for a loan officer as the final output provides a summary of credit, valuation, and verification on a user-friendly dashboard in real time.

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