Maharashtra launches online RTI filing facility

MUMBAI: Maharashtra government today launched an online facility for making application under the Right to Information Act.

The website ( received 40 applications on the first day, officials said.

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had recently said such a facility would be started from January 1.

Rajesh Aggarwal, principal secretary, IT, said the government will ensure that nodal officers of various departments dispose of these online applications in a time-bound manner.

The website, which has both English and Marathi versions, also allows filing of first appeal if the information is denied, etc. It also informs about status of the application.

Fee for the RTI application can be paid through internet banking or debit/credit cards.

“We have ensured that no department is left (from being connected to the portal). Once an application is filed, the applicant will be given a registration number through SMS and email,” he said.

RTI activist and former information commissioner Shailesh Gandhi said he used the facility and found it satisfactory.

“I filed my first online application through the site today. The application can be filed in about five minutes, sitting at home, by anyone who has internet access. This is a very good initiative. It will also save paper, and could lead to (further facility of) replies being sent by email. I am sure cyber-cafes will soon offer this service to customers by charging a small fee,” Gandhi said.

Source: PTI

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Andhra Pradesh to launch online grievance monitoring system

HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh government has announced that it will be launching an online grievance monitoring system — Mee Kosam — before January 15, 2015.

“Through this, people can check the status of their grievances/representations by entering their Aadhar number or the grievance number,” AP government said in a statement.

During a review meeting with the IT department officials, Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu suggested setting up an e-Governance society, which will be headed by a chief executive officer and a chief technology officer, to monitor and track the progress of delivery of citizen services online.

This apart, the CM also asked the IT department to design a plan to bring in country’s first ‘Right to Good Governance Act’.

Meanwhile, the CM said that the government plans to kick-start its Sunrise Start-ups programme by March 2015. This apart, the incubation centres in Kakinada and Tirupati are ready to begin operations, the government said. “The CM also suggested officials to pursue setting up of incubation centres in universities and colleges,” it added.

Stating that the Centre has sought clarification on certain issues related to Visakhapatnam ITIR project, the CM told the IT advisor to clear Centre’s doubts and ensure that the project gets necessary approvals immediately.

Further, the he said that he will lay the foundation stone of Signature Tower (which will be a symbol of resurgence of IT in Andhra Pradesh) in Madhurawada, Vizag, by March.

Source: PTI

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New software to measure employees’ productivity

NEW DELHI: Companies are now resorting to audit tools that help in monitoring staff’s time spent at work as the emphasis is now shifting focus from ‘time in office’ to ‘time on work’.

In a bid to achieve higher productivity, organisations are implementing policies like blocking internet access, using swipe cards to verify time in/out of the office, and rewarding those who spend long hours at work.

However, the secret for higher productivity is not working longer but working smarter, according to productivity improvement solutions provider Sapience Analytics.

Moreover, most large IT companies have increased office work hours to 9.5 hours, with commuting times of 1-2 hours each way, is creating significant stress for employees.

“These conflicting requirements can only be resolved if productivity can be increased during regular office hours. This requires an understanding that the best way to improve productivity during regular office hours is through mindful work,” Sapience Analytics CEO Shirish Deodhar said.

Sapience Analytics, founded in 2009, has developed a software which aims to ensure that employees and teams can achieve significant productivity gains, coupled with greater work-life harmony.

The productivity audit tool is best suited for key verticals such as IT services, KPOs and engineering services, and back offices of BFSI and retail firms, among others.

Deodhar further said that the ‘Mindful Enterprise’ movement is gaining currency among enterprises like Google.

A ‘mindful employee’ learns how to stay focused by minimising distractions, thereby achieving more with less stress. It is where the emphasis shifts from ‘time in the office’ to ‘productive time on work’.

A ‘mindful enterprise’ encourages progressive HR policies such as flexi hours, work from home in an emergency, and full access to internet, Deodhar added.

Source: PTI

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What’s the Proper Role of Today’s CIO?

“Transformation” is one of those buzzwords of the moment. We’ve heard about business transformation, finance transformation, tax transformation – just about every segment of the corporate world is now subject to being coupled with “transformation” and bombarded with advice about how to get things done better.

But while our innate cynicism may lead us to be wary of more transformations, the truth is just because everyone’s saying it doesn’t mean it isn’t so. One of the few positive outcomes of the financial downturn of the last decade has been the realization that ongoing innovation and transformation really are required to stay ahead of not just our direct competition, but the evolutionary changes in the marketplace that can turn leaders into dinosaurs if they don’t keep up.

The good thing about being in the IT sector is that one almost by definition has to be able to accept often rapid change in order just to do one’s job. It wasn’t that long ago that big mainframes with dumb terminals were what businesses used, that personal computers were just a dream, accessible mainly to hobbyists putting kits together.

The GUI was invented in Palo Alto just 41 years ago; Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak still had a few years to go before producing their first complete computer for sale; and who outside of the writers on Star Trek could conceive of hand held communicators, computer voice control, or tablets, and even they didn’t have your average consumer using that tech to pay premiums, file claims, or review service.

The tech world has changed dramatically in the lifetime of many who now serve as Chief Information Officers (CIOs), and they’ve had to figure out how to keep up. But, as we’ve often said lately, now it is time for CIOs to change their world and expand beyond the traditional role of builder of technology and enabler of the business to become an integral part of building the business itself.

According to research conducted by my colleagues, Vikram Mahidhar and David Schatsky many CIOs agree. In their Deloitte University Press paper, “The dual roles of the CIO in the digital age,” the two note that, “As spending on cloud, mobile, analytics, and social technology soars, CIOs have the opportunity to help drive strategy, innovation, and revenue growth.”

Mahidhar and Schatsky say leading “CIOs describe their roles in terms such as ‘imagination,’ ‘chief innovation officer,’ and ‘revenue-generator CIO.’“ This is a far cry from the external view of CIOs as guardians of the technology infrastructure, and a much more expansive view of both the responsibilities of and possibilities for today’s CIO. But it does track the evolution of the finance function from essential service organization to value adding business builder and partner, and provides an optimistic roadmap for IT.

That expanded view of the CIOs role should come with added visibility and opportunity. This may help explain why Mahidhar and Schatsky found that 70 percent of CIOs attending a Wall Street Journal CIO networking event envisioned becoming CEOs someday. When CIO is no longer seen as a technical position, the CIO —appropriately — is more strongly seen as a top contender for the corner office.

That calls for a redefinition of values. Mahidhar and Schatsky contrasted the emerging values of enterprise IT with the values of traditional IT. Among other items, agility replaces stability as the core value. Managing risk to an appropriate level is the risk posture, not the previous posture of minimizing risk. The new key skills are advising and guiding business leaders, strategy, innovation, technology orchestration, and vendor management. These replace the old key skills of operations management, custom software development, and packaged software deployment.

The old skills are still needed, but the new CIO is so much more. With the digitization of commerce, the challenges are greater than ever for CIOs, but so are the potential rewards.

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