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"Currently, the e-transactions have crossed Rs 1,000 crore, which is 33 per cent increase from last year"

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New Delhi, December 16, 2016: The total number of e-governance transactions in the country has crossed Rs 1,000 crore this year, the government web portal eTaal said on Friday.

The portal — which disseminates e-transactions statistics of national and state level e-governance projects — said the e-transactions increased by 33 per cent from last year’s Rs 760 crore.

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“Based on the analysis by eTaal, since 2014, there has been a mass increase in the number of e-transactions undertaken by the e-governance projects. The total e-transactions were around Rs 350 crore in 2014, and increased to Rs 760 crore in 2015,” eTaal said.

“Currently, the e-transactions have crossed Rs 1,000 crore, which is 33 per cent increase from last year.”

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The statement said the government web portal — etaal.gov.in — receives transaction statistics from web based applications periodically on near real time basis and presents quick analysis of transaction counts in tabular and graphical form to give quick view of the transactions done by various e-governance projects.

“Achieving Rs 1,000 crore e-transactions in 2016 is an indication of the speed of digital transformation in the government, and also an indication of the adoption of digital medium for transactions by citizens as an easy and convenient method of consuming e-governance services,” said Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).

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The portal takes into account all e-transactions delivering public services from the government to citizens across categories such as agriculture, health, transportation, telecommunication and MNREGA. (IANS)

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

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However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?