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To facilitate public service delivery in time, a website will soon be made functional by the government of India

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New Delhi, November 10, 2016: To facilitate public service delivery in time, a website will soon be made functional by the government of India.

The main purpose of the website will be to inform the people about various services offered by the central as well as state governments. It will also inform about the procedure for taking them and the timeline for grant of such services.

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According to PTI report, “A national portal is being developed on public service delivery. It will have information of all the services being offered by various central and state government departments.”

“People will be able to know all information like requests regarding issuance of passport to other such documents through this website,” said C Viswanath, Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances.

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This proposal is one of the Centre’s efforts to ensure that all the public services are delivered timely.

He further said that there are about 1,700 services that are provided by various state governments in a timely manner and the number is may go up to 4,000.

“The website is being developed by National Informatics Centre and it will be made functional by May. By clicking a button, one would be able to know what services are being offered by which state,” Viswanath said.

The Secretary said regional conference are being planned in order to inform state and other stake holders to strengthen the already functioning system by putting in place an efficient public service delivery system.

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According to PTI, “A highest of 750 such services are provided by Karnataka, 497 by Goa, 369 by Maharashtra, 361 by Delhi, 324 by Odisha, 278 by Gujarat, 260 by Chhattisgarh, 200 by Jharkhand, 197 by Haryana, 164 by Madhya Pradesh, 153 by Rajasthan, 139 by Uttar Pradesh, 116 by Himachal Pradesh, 80 by Jammu and Kashmir and 50 by Bihar.”

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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?