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NIC organizes Tech Conclave in New Delhi on “Technologies for NextGen Governance”

The National Informatics Centre (NIC) is to hold a 2-day technology Conclave in New Delhi. The event is to be conducted between January 21, 2020 and January 22, 2020. The Conclave is to be inaugurated by Union Minister Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Highlights

The Technology Conclave will discuss application of Information and Communication Technology. The conclave is to be held under the theme

Theme: Technologies for NextGen Governance

The Conclave will predominantly contribute towards building efficient Government officers in the country. It will also help delivering high-quality services that primarily focus in citizens. The Conclave will focus on hyperscale, cyber security, design thinking and architecture.

NIC plays a major role in adopting new technologies within the administration of government. Recently, NIC launched a Centre for Block Chain Technology in Bengaluru.

India’s E-Governance

Recently India has been adopting electronic governance. With subsidy transfer to census 2021, GoI has been adopting technologies for the governance to reach citizens at a faster rate. Some of the highly successful e-governance initiatives include

  • National Land Record Modernization Programme-It aimed at Computerization of land records
  • Bhoomi Project-It is online delivery of land records
  • National E-governance plan has been formulated to improve delivery of government services to citizens.
  • E-Office was launched to increase usage of work flow.

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What is Government Instant Messaging System?

The Centre Government is testing a prototype of an Indian equivalent of popular messaging application platforms, such as WhatsApp and Telegram, for secure internal use. This secure messaging app is codenamed as ‘Government Instant Messaging System (GIMS)’. It is being packaged for employees of Central government as well as state government departments and organisations for intra and inter organisation communications.

Currently the platform is in pilot testing stage across some states, (like Odisha) and is learnt to have been released to Indian Navy to be tried out on trial basis. In addition to this, a GIMS Portal is also being simultaneously developed for administration and monitoring of platform.

About Government Instant Messaging System (GIMS)

Objective: To develop a secure Indian alternative without security concerns attached with apps hosted abroad or those owned by foreign entities like WhatsApp, Telegram etc.

Key Features:

GIMS is designed and developed by Kerala unit of National Informatics Centre (NIC). As the platform has been developed in India, it is being touted as a safer bet.

Unlike these popular messaging application, GIMS employs end-to-end encryption for one-to-one messaging. Besides one-to-one messaging and group messaging, GIMS has a specific provision for documents and media sharing in keeping with the hierarchies in government system.

Servers Based in India: The server hosting GIMS is installed within India and the information stored would be in government-based cloud – NIC (National Informatics Centre) -operated data centres that are only meant for captive use by government and its departments.

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