NIC Current Affairs - 2020

Technology Platform called CHAMPIONS launched by PM Modi

On June 1, 2020, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched technology platform called CHAMPIONS. CHAMPIONS Stand for Creation and Harmonious Application of Modern Processes for Increasing the Output and National Strength.

Highlights

The portal aims to make smaller units big by supporting them, encouraging, solving their grievances, helping and handholding. It will act as one-stop shop solution of all entities of the MSME sector.

Objectives of the portal

The portal aims at providing the following

  • Grievance Redressal: The portal will solve the problems of MSME. This mainly involves raw materials, finance, labour, regulatory permissions, etc.
  • The portal will help MSME sector capture new opportunities. This includes manufacturing of accessories, medical equipment, Personal Protection Equipment, masks, etc.
  • It will help encourage and identify sparks. In other words, the portal will help identify national and international champions that are able to withstand the current situation.

About the platform

The platform is a control room-cum management information system. The system is enabled with ICT technology tools. Along with this, the platform also includes telephone, internet, video conference. It is enabled by Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Data Analytics.

The platform is integrated with other real time platforms such as CPGRAMS and other MSME owned web infrastructures.

The complete platform was created by National Informatics Centre.

Progress So Far

So far, around 66 state level control rooms have been created. The control rooms are connected through video conferences.

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.