Gujarat tops in e-transactions

Gujarat has become first state in to surpass the 1 billion mark in e-Transactions and to achieve landmark of 100 crore e-Transactions. It was revealed by e-Transaction Aggregation and Analysis – ‘eTaal’, a National e-services Dashboard portal created by the Government of India.

As per e-taal data, e-transactions in the last two years from January 1, 2013 to November 26, 2014 of top 4 states are

  • Gujarat has topped with 100.21 crore e-transactions.
  • Madhya Pradesh with 62.21 crore e-transactions.
  • Maharashtra with 53.62 crore e-transactions
  • Andhra Pradesh with 31.95 crore e-transactions.

Gujarat accounts for making nearly 27 per cent of the total 373 core e-transactions in India.

The e-Taal portal was initiated by Government of India’s Information Technology Department during the UPA rule. The portal reflects transaction statistics periodically on near real time basis.

The Union Government projects recorded 185 crore e-transactions since January 2013. Sectors such as agriculture (92 crore), common service centres (17 crore), judiciary (13 crore) and health (10 crore) contribute the maximum to the Centre’s e-transactions.

Gujarat’s contributing services for e-transactions are

  • Major contributing services are Land Records, Utility Services & Bill Payments, Public Distribution System (PDS), Education, Health, Skill Development, Transport, Industry & Commerce, Court & Judiciary, Integrated Finance Management Services (IFMS) and Municipality Services etc.
  • Gujarat State Government also has started implementing mobile governance to expand its e-governance programme. In 2014, Gujarat registered over 58 crore cases of Government services being disbursed online.

Centre grants Rs. 444 crore for Sabarmati Riverfront Project

The Union Government has granted Rs. 444 crore for the Phase-2 work of the Sabarmati River Conservation Project.  This fund will help to beautify Sabarmati Riverfront Project.

The National River Conservation Director (NRCD) has also given nod for the purification of the Sabarmati River.

As per the approval

  • 70 per cent of the cost i.e. Rs. 311.72-crore would be borne by the Centre.
  • Remaining 30 per cent i.e. Rs. 132.72-crore will be jointly borne by Government of Gujarat (GOG) and Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC).

This project will be executed as per the provisions of Central Public Health Engineering Environment Organisation’s (CPHEEO) Revised Guidelines.

After the completion of Phase-2 of the River Conservation Project, no untreated or half-treated sewage water could be released into the Sabarmati.

Similarly, industrial waste waters could also be released into the sewage line only after primary treatment as per the provisions.

Earlier, Centre had earlier granted Rs. 90-crore for the Phase-1 of the project under which 22-km of sewage network, two terminal pumping stations and two sewage treatment plants, besides two crematoria and five toilets were constructed.

Nanavati Commission submits final report

Justice Nanavati Commission has submitted its final report on the 2002 Gujarat riots to state chief minister Anandiben Patel. The final report of the commission on the 2002 riots, in which more than 1,000 people, mostly of minority community, were killed, comes after extensive investigation which ran over a period of more than 12 years and has more than 2,000 pages.

The commission members:

Retired d Supreme Court justice G T Nanavati and Retired High Court Justice Akshay Mehta.

In 2008, the inquiry panel had submitted one part of its finding with regard to the Godhra train burning incident.

In the part one report, the commission had concluded that the burning of S-6 coach of Sabarmati Express near Godhra railway station was a planned conspiracy.

Initially, the Terms of Reference (TOR) of the commission were to inquire into the facts, circumstances and course of events that led to the burning of the S-6 coach of Sabarmati Express.

About Nanavati Commission

On 3rd March 2002, Gujarat government under the Commission of Inquiry Act had constituted commission comprising of Justice K G Shah in the wake of the Godhra train carnage on February 27, 2002, and the subsequent communal riots across the state.

In May 2002, the state government appointed retired Supreme Court justice G T Nanavati as the chairman of the commission and the TOR were further amended in June 2002, as per which the panel was also asked to inquire the incidents of violence that took place after the Godhra incident.

In 2008, after the death of justice K G Shah, retd high court Justice Akshay Mehta was appointed to the panel. The commission was given 24 extensions of around six months each to complete its investigations.

The commission investigated roles of then Chief Minister Narendra Modi, as per the TOR, his Cabinet colleagues of that time, senior government and police officers along with functionaries of some right wing organisations during the period of 2002 riots.