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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.

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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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Here’s Why China is Predictable and Not Inscrutable

India could’ve easily predicted the Chinese coming on 5 August 2019

The Chinese actions are far away from being Inscrutable. Pixabay

As the tensions rise between India and China along the borders in Ladakh, Shekhar Gupta in his article for The Print invokes an American political satirist P.J. O’Rourke.

Talking about his works Shekhar points out that in his ‘A Brief History of Man’, P.J. O’Rourke writes a small sentence “Meanwhile, in China, there were the Chinese.”. This sentence is relevant to us today.

Shekhar Gupta believes that the sentence conveys us a sense of resignation about the “inscrutable” Chinese. This thought happens to be familiar thought in the West.

“But we don’t live in the West. We’ve lived next door to China for as long as first civilisations grew.”, writes Shekhar Gupta

Let’s look at the history of Indian interactions with China since independance. What is inscrutable about it? Talking about the military assault across two fronts in 1962, it may have been a surprise to our leaders back then, but that is only because they were delusional.

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Chinese actions in respect to India are predictable now. Pixabay

From Chinese ultimatum to India to “return their stolen yaks and sheep” in 1965, to their appearance along the Ladakh frontier this year, China happens to be completely predictable and far from inscrutable. Especially keeping in mind Chinese actions in respect to India.

The push at Nathu La (Sikkim) in 1967 was probably to check out the resolve from India. Which they saw at its weakest — having fought two recent wars (1962 and 1965), famines, ship-to-mouth existence, political instability and a diminished Indira Gandhi. . The Indian response was a lesson they quickly learnt. What did the Chinese do after that? They have kept the peace for 53 years. Will you call that response evidence of Chinese inscrutability? They probed us, got a rude push-back, and decided to wait and stir the pot in different ways, at different times, says Shekhar Gupta in his artcile for The Print.

The Chinese kept the hold of what they wanted in 1962. According to Shekhar the truth is, they had it in their possession almost fully, barring small, tactically important slivers in Ladakh. They asserted their ownership and let their larger claim, Arunachal Pradesh, fully in Indian control, go militarily uncontested.

The Chinese never gave up claim on it. In 1986-87, they again checked us out at Wangdung-Sumdorong Chu (Arunachal), when they saw Rajiv Gandhi take India’s defence budget to a 4 per cent-plus of GDP. And once more, the response was firm and the Chinese backed off. The lesson we learnt according to Shekhar Gupta is that the Chinese won’t open fire randomly for the sake of it, Or when they are absolutely sure of an easy victory so they could be seen like ‘teaching an upstart a lesson’ as they did in 1962. Predictable.

Each and every action and response of China fits a pattern- Deliver a message, add leverage, and return, according to Shekhar Gupta.

India, China and Pakistan shared this unusual ‘triangulation’ in which China was using Pakistan to keep India preoccupied, said Former Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh during his tenure.

His idea was to break this ‘triangulation’ by seeking peace with Pakistan. He thought, that a country as big and powerful as China, would see less of an incentive for peace with India than Pakistan.

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Former Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh’s idea was to break this ‘triangulation’ by seeking peace with Pakistan. Wikimedia Commons

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Shekhar Gupta believes that today, that option is not so available, as hostility with Pakistan is central to the Modi-BJP politics. They’d rather make peace with China than Pakistan. That is why the lavish welcomes and frequent meetings with the Chinese leaders. The objective, still, is escaping that triangle.

Another instance of Vajpayee explaining the Chinese negotiating style. “Dekhiye, aap aur hum baithe hain aur vaarta kar rahe hain (see, you and I are sitting and negotiating),” he said. If two people require something and the first person asks to let go of something, the other will say no. Then the first person again asks for something little less, then again the other person might say no. But ultimately the second person will relent and let go of some. The Chinese would never do that.

Both these leaders underlined that the Chinese are consistent, and predictable. And that is why we should not be shoched or surprised by what they have unveiled across Ladakh. We should have anticipated it on 5 August last year when we made the big changes in Jammu & Kashmir. This Chinese move, like all others in 60 years, was fully predictable. Even the timing, says Shekhar Gupta in his article for The Print.

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Odisha Govt to Hold Rath Yatra Without Devotees this Year

Rath Yatra is said to be held in the absence of devotees this year

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Odisha government has ensured non-arrival of devotees to Puri. Wikimedia Commons

The annual Rath Yatra of Odisha government and his siblings could be performed provided the Odisha government ensured non-arrival of devotees to Puri, said Puri Gajapati Dibya Singha Deb, here on Saturday.

The Ratha Yatra could be organised with minimum servitors and without devotees if the Odisha government granted permission for the 9-day sojourn of deities, said the Puri Gajapati after a meeting of Shree Jagannath Temple Managing Committee during the day.

As part of Rath Yatra and Bahuda Yatra, three chariots would be pulled on the Badadanda (grand road) in presence of servitors, officials and policemen. Snana Yatra, scheduled on June 5, could be performed inside temple premises, he said.

The Ratha Yatra
The Ratha Yatra could be organised with minimum servitors and without devotees. Wikiimedia Commons

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He said the temple would remain closed till Niladribije in view of Covid-19 pandemic.

The Information and Public Relations Department will make arrangements for live telecast of Snana Yatra and Rath Yatra rituals. “I request devotees to stay safe at home and watch the telecast on television,” the Puri Gajapati said. (IANS)

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Tamil Nadu Relaxes TV Serial Shooting Restrictions Further

Tamil Nadu has relaxed conditions for TV serial shooting

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami has announced relaxation in TV serial shooting norms in the state. Wikimedia Commons

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Saturday announced further relaxation in television shooting in the state.

In a statement issued here he said the television serial shooting will be allowed from May 31 onwards with a maximum of 60 persons at the spot including actors and technicians.

Initially the government had fixed the number of persons at the shooting spot at 20. Pixabay

The other conditions that the government had earlier laid down were: Shooting is allowed only indoors or in the houses having compound walls; No shooting is allowed in public places, except in rural and on COVID-19 containment areas; No permission for onlookers; Spraying of disinfectant before and after the shooting at the shoot spots; Barring actors, all others should wear masks and maintain social distance.

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During breaks actors too should wear masks; All equipments, vehicles coming to the shooting spots should be sanitized. (IANS)