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All You Need To Know About E-Mitra

e-Mitra has come as a blessing for all those who want their work done without any hassle

e-Mitra is Rajasthan governement's e-governance initiactive. Facebook

By Ruchika Verma 

  • E-Mitra is Rajasthan government’s e-governance initiative
  • It has made work related to government departments easy
  • E-Mitra has made lives easier and still has lots of potential to improve

Rajasthan government introduced its e-governance initiative named e-Mitra in association with private domains to maintain the efficiency and transparency of the government work, and to help citizens with their day-to-day work related to the government.

e-governance is a great way of improving services and saving time.
e-governance is a great way of improving services and saving time.

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Under the e-Mitra initiative, Common Service Centers (CSC) or kiosks are set up in localities of Rajasthan to provide different  services related to government departments without the need for people to visit government offices physically.

How efficient is e-Mitra ? 

Conditions of government departments in India is not unknown. For all kinds of work, it takes a lots of time and effort. However, e-mitra has changed that. It is easy and efficient.

e-Mitra has come as a blessing for all those who want their work done without any hassle.

E-mitra has made work easy for both government and public. Fabebook
E-mitra has made work easy for both government and public. Facebook

One of the kiosks owner believes that this initiatives give public more power and it is very important for public to have the power in their hands.

e-Mitra also follows the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model,so, there is lots of transparency in its working. PPP also means that the  services are almost perfect and moreover, it has gained people’s trust.

Challenges and Success 

Mr. R K Sharma, the head of e-Mitra in an interview discussed the challenges faced during the development and launch of e-Mitra.  Connectivity was the biggest challenge as India still lacks fast Internet connection in many parts of the country. If this is the case, attaining goals might be exhausting for Mr. Sharma.

Also, the lack of awareness and reluctance to use online services especially in the rural areas was another big challenge. However, despite such concerns, government is confident about the initiative.

Also Read: Good governance and its significance

The long-term plans for e-Mitra includes complete digitalization that will help residents to avail any government service at home. e-Mitra will also be launched in other states in order to cater to a larger population of people.

Today, e-Mitra is the largest e-government initiative in india with roughly 36,000 kiosks across 32 districts of Rajasthan, collecting over Rs. 3000 crores in yearly revenue collections.

Since 2004, it has been a great success. The convenience and efficiency makes it popular among the common public. Under the e-Mitra project,there are three kinds of services available :submission of application forms; utility bill payment services; and submission of grievances.

e-Mitra is a great way of inculcating entrepreneurship in the rural areas. Facebook
e-Mitra is a great way of inculcating entrepreneurship in the rural areas. Facebook

E-Mitra also fosters entrepreneurship in rural areas, due to the easy initial investment of only Rs. 5000 for a kiosk. Women are actively taking part in it as it is proving to be a great source of income for them.

e-Mitra has lots of potential for further expansion and hopefully, it will expand, so that other states will get benefited by it as well.

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Death Knell For The Rape Culture

The death penalty for the child rapist is going to see the light of the day

Death knell for the rape culture
Death knell for the rape culture. Pixabay

By Salil Gewali

The death penalty for the child rapist is going to see the light of the day. Hearty thanks to the countless candle marchers. The credit also goes to those conscious media and columnists who all fueled the agitation and energized the activists. Here PM Modi’s dynamism can’t be overlooked either, because this ordinance, which was long overdue, has happened now.

Let’s all pray that the ‘fear of death’ will be an effective deterrent.  Hope, this will “frighten away” the real vices. In the meanwhile, it would also be very wise on the part of the government to look for other preventive measures since we have lot many “vices” in lot many avatars and assortments which only encourage the sex related crimes. There are also very dangerous “vices” which, when start to infect one’s thought-process, might give birth to the countless Trojan horses, Malwares, even virulent I-love-You. The virus infecting tragedy usually strikes ones very fast who are with weak inborn “antivirus”. This, in fact, turns “sane men into perverts” if one objectively analyses. But what is too bizarre is that some of such virus generating vices are let to flourish under the cover of silence while some are made to believe through media as “virtues” and while others as “talent” — with a whole lot of modish adornment and poetic adulation. Do you want to acknowledge that ones who cried hard against the despicable rape culture are the premier dealers of these vices? Some are producers too. I cut short here.  Because these days I fear the “thunder of hypocrisy” then the roars of the tiger in a jungle!

Candle March for death penalty of rapists.
Candle March. Pixabay

Yes, remaining complacent by mere hanging the perverts will be thus a downright immaturity. The identifying the causes of those vices that are hurting the society at large are equally important.  Of course, many try to overlook those vices as if they never make a bad impact upon the mindset an individual. Here I’ve an argument — has the heat of the hearth stopped boiling the water or burn your pack of currency notes to ash? As mentioned above, we can draw a perfect “analogy” between the virus infecting a computer leading to its inevitable “malfunction” with the people’s behavioral degeneration and wrong indulgences due to the continuous exposure and acceptance of vices.

Also Read: Rape Survivors in India Still Face Humiliation with Two-Finger tests and Barriers to Justice says Human Rights Watch

However, it would surely be good if the Government and awakened women organizations boldly pinpoint those forces as well which are culpable for presenting women as no less than commodities, and the dealers of the vices. In this, one is skeptical whether we can turn to the media with hope, or with doubt! Because, very absurdly, the definition of “good life” and its values have now been willfully distorted and redefined to suit the situation, plans and programs such that they would help further the agendas of that forces which rule the roost.

Stop the Terror of Rape.
Stop the Terror of Rape.

Anyway, whether one agrees or disagree, disinfecting/detoxing the “mindset” of the society is the only pathway to the sane society which we are now crying for. The healthy thought, healthy attitude, healthy acts can only toll the death knell for any kind of rapes or any kind of depravity.

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali