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Aadhaar based biometric attendance system to be used in all Central government offices

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To improve efficiency, Centre has decided to use an Aadhar Eanabled Bio-metric Attendance System (AEBAS) in all offices of the Central Government.

“There is no change in the instructions relating to office hours, late attendance etc. Biometric attendance system is only an enabling platform,”MoS Dr. Jitendra Singh said in a written reply to a question by Muthamsetti Srinivasa Rao (Avanthi) in the Lok Sabha Wednesday.

As per the available information, there is a difference between the number of registered employees and number of employees marking their attendance.virtual-identity-69996_640

All the Ministries have been informed to pass on the necessary directions to all employees to mark their attendance in the Biometric Attendance Portal on regular basis.

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Northeast is Fast Emerging as the new Start-up Destination, Says Minister Jitendra Singh

Due to improvement in connectivity and transport facility in the last two years, coupled with concentrated administrative focus, more and more youngsters are now heading towards the northeastern states to venture into entrepreneurship

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Union Minister of State for Development of the North Eastern Region Jitendra Singh. Wikimedia

New Delhi, October 16, 2017 : Union Minister of State for Development of the North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh claimed that the area was fast emerging as the new start-up destination for youngsters from all over India, an official statement on Monday.

Due to improvement in connectivity and transport facility in the last two years, coupled with concentrated administrative focus, more and more youngsters are now heading towards the northeastern states to venture into entrepreneurship and take advantage of its unexplored potential, he said, according to a DoNER Ministry statement.

Citing an example, he said in certain areas of Northeast, including states like Arunachal Pradesh, “while almost 40 per cent of the fruit goes waste on account of lack of adequate storage and transport facilities, the same can be used to produce and manufacture fresh and pure fruit juice at a much more cost-effective price”.

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During an interaction with youngsters, Jitendra Singh also pointed out that many new airports coming up at Pakyong (Sikkim), Itanagar and Shillong, which along with a time-bound plan to lay broad-gauge rail track, would bring in further ease of doing business.

“Another sector of entrepreneurship which is fast emerging in Northeast is the medical and healthcare sector.

“For years, there has been a trend for patients to shift outside the region, mostly to Kolkata or Vellore, but the encouragement given to the private corporate sector has now resulted in the opening of new hospitals within the region itself and young entrepreneurs are taking the lead,” he said. (IANS)

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UIDAI introduces new Encryption Key in Aadhaar authentication devices

Aadhaar authentication devices are to be upgraded with new encryption standards set by UIDAI from June 1

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Aadhar Card, Source: Aadhar Card Kendra

New Delhi, Mar 19, 2017: All devices using Aadhaar authentication to meet the new encryption standards set by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) from June 1, this year.

Through this move, the UIDAI aims to add yet another layer of security to the hardware at a time when all such devices are ready to take the centre stage in biometric-based digital payments.

“We have recently come out with new specifications and asked manufacturers and vendors to go for STQC certification as per the new standards. We have advised that from June 1, they should get devices on the new specifications and that the existing devices should be upgraded to the new norms,” Ajay Bhutan Pandey, CEO of UIDAI.

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The UIDAi is responsible for providing each resident of India an Aadhaar, which is an unique 12-digit identification number identifying residents based on their biometrics. While more than 112 crore Aadhaar have been generated in the country, the Aadhaar authentications have crossed 500 crore, and 100 crore e-KYC have been done on the platform, mentioned PTI report.

A finger print scanning device to enable biometric authentication; Source: VOA

Pandey specified that only those devices that choose to use Aadhaar authentication, would be required to adhere to the new standards. Only such “registered devices” would be allowed to carry out Aadhaar authentication after incorporating the new specifications.

“We are continuously trying to tighten the security. We felt that while the system is secure, we want to further improve the security by building one more layer. So, if the device itself can be encrypted it will be harder to break into the system,” he said.

Putting it simply, he said that presently, two locks exist- one at the agency level and another at the UIDAI. The new system will add a third locking system on the biometric device itself.

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Pandey further said that UIDAI has been negotiating with the manufacturers of the device for about a year and half for execution of the new specifications.

During this period, the Aadhaar has seen its figures rise steeply in terms of both, authentication and enrolment. The daily Aadhaar authentication figures stand at approximately 2 crore today, against 10 lakhs about a year and a half ago.

“Unless they see demand, no manufacturer will manufacture as per your specification. Now manufacturers too are showing interest. They know when they make specially designed biometric fingerprint scanner for Aadhaar and put another lock as per UIDAI’s requirement, it will sell in the market. Hence, they are open to the idea,” Pandey said.

– Prepared by Nikita Saraf, Twitter: @niki_saraf

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Invest in northeast: DoNER minister to women entrepreneurs

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Guwahati: DoNER Minister Jitendra Singh on Tuesday invited women entrepreneurs from across the country to invest in the northeast and take the lead in developing the region as an industrial hub.

The unique advantage of any women’s initiative was that it has a wider social and public impact and also because a woman holds stake for at least three generations — her parents and in-laws, her husband and brothers, and her children, the minister said while launching the “Swayam” initiative of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) women’s wing in Guwahati.

Jitendra Singh, who is also minister of state for PMO, personnel, public grievances, pensions, atomic energy and space, said the “Swayam” initiative has already been launched in Delhi and other places, resulting in successful engagement of women in big and small self-employed vocations.

The arrival of “Swayam” in Guwahati, he said, will open a new chapter in the growth of the northeast.

At the same time, it will also open new vistas of opportunity, not only for women but for the entire population of the eight northeastern states, he said.

“In the last few months, a number of new initiatives have been undertaken by the government of India to promote business, industry and consequential job avenues in the region,” he said.

Jitendra Singh spoke about the “Organic Farming Mission”, being pursued in collaboration with the union agriculture ministry, which will not only generate business but also reinforce the identity of the region through its original products.

Similarly, he said, expansion of healthcare entrepreneurship in the region is also being worked out in a big way through private-public participation.

He said that in the health sector, some leading women entrepreneurs have come forward to set up establishments in the northeast.

Jitendra Singh said that in the contemporary society, the time has come to seek not merely employment but long-term employability, and for this, the “Swayam” initiative holds the promise to go a long way.

“In addition, when we talk of ‘Act East’ policy to do business with the countries across the eastern borders, it is imperative to generate original growth products proximal to the eastern borders within northeast so that they get takers from across the borders,” he added.

(IANS)