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Andhra Pradesh unveils ePortal of NRIs’ – ePayments not allowed

One of the major concern for Andhra Pradesh students and jobseekers aspiring to fly abroad is the long queues in front of NRI Department in the State Secretariat for authentication of their certificates.

To make the process user-friendly Government of Andhra Pradesh has enabled the Advance slot booking facility through an exclusive NRI portal.

Appointment for verification or for authentication of educational certificates and for attestation of other certificates/documents can be taken via the normal mode or the tatkal(urgent) mode.

The fees for tatkal(urgent) services are double the normal fees.  The only hitch is that the fee can be deposited by Demand Draft. ePayment of fees is not part of the Portal.

The  Web portal will provide online registration of the attestation of personal documents like marriage certificates, no objection certificates and authentication of educational certificates and store the said data. The government has launched a pilot project for management of application system of NRI affairs on migration profiling and to provide online services.

The documents can be presented by the candidate directly or they can authorize any other person  to complete the authentication/attestation process.

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Cyclone Phailin: Agency Banks in Odisha-India to be open during Durga Pooja Holiday

Around 30 mts ago, Cyclone Phailin has made the landfall near Gopalpur in Odisha. It is expected to be on land for six hours, before destroying itself.

What makes this storm so fearsome is that there’s no wind shear to weaken it and the water that is fueling it is warm and deep. Those are the ingredients for a record storm.

This is Durga Pooja season in Odisha and West Bengal. Most of the offices are practically shut-down for 4-6days for the Pooja celeberations.

As Cyclone Phaillin is making the landfall during pooja holidays, to ensure that the relief payments move quickly to the public, Odisha Government is taking the necessary steps for the same.

In this regard, Odisha government has sought the support of the Reserve Bank of India to facilitate government payments towards relief expenditure in view of the severe cyclonic storm ‘Phailin’

In his letter to the regional director Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Additional Chief Secretary (Finance) UN Behera said: “Treasuries of all the cyclone prone districts will remain open during the Puja holidays to facilitate processing of bills relating to emergent relief expenditure.”

“You are requested to issue suitable instructions to the agency banks transacting government business to be in preparedness to carry out government payments relating to relief expenditure from October 12-14 and on other holidays to ensure flow of funds for relief activities,” Behera said.

At the same time, The Finance department has also directed the engineer-in-chief (electrical) to ensure uninterrupted power supply to treasuries as well as the directorate of treasuries, since treasuries will remain open to facilitate government payments for relief activities.

The state government has already cancelled Puja holidays for its four lakh employees in view of the impending calamity.

Reserve Bank cancels the licence of The Srikakulam Co-operative Urban Bank Ltd., Srikakulam – Andhra Pradesh

 

srikIn view of the fact that The Srikakulam Co-operative Urban Bank Ltd., Srikakulam (Andhra Pradesh) had ceased to be solvent, all efforts to revive it had failed and the depositors were being inconvenienced by continued uncertainty, the Reserve Bank of India delivered the order, canceling its licence, dated August 23, 2013 to the bank on August 27, 2013.

On liquidation, every depositor is entitled to repayment of his/her deposits up to a monetary ceiling of Rs1,00,000/- (Rupees one lakh only) from the Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (DICGC) under usual terms and conditions.

The bank was set up in 1995, and by 2006 it was in a bad shape.

The bank also defaulted in SLR maintenance thereby violating Section 24 of the Act. The Board did not take timely action against the M. D who committed fraud.

The highlights of the RBI findings are:

  • The bank does not comply with the provisions of sections 11(1), 18, 22(3) (a), 22 (3) (b), 24, 29 and 31 of the Act.
  • The bank is not in a position to pay its present and future depositors in full as and when their claims accrue;
  • The affairs of the bank are being conducted in a manner detrimental to the interests of depositors.
  • The financial position of the bank is so precarious that there is no scope for its revival; and
  • Public interest will be affected if the bank is allowed to carry on its business any further.

Srikakulam town has an ancient history, with old-timers believing that  Srikakulam town was founded by Lord Balarama, the brother of Lord Krishna.

The famous Sun-God Temple is also situated with in the Municipal limits of Srikakulam town, it is one of the ancient and very few Sun-God temples in our country. The archeological experts say that the stone inscription available in the temple show that the rules of Kalinga Kingdom Devendra Varma must have built this temple in the later half of the 7th Century A.D

 

UIDAI to conduct field survey for Enrichment of VTC (village, town, city) data

As a pilot project, UIDAI is inviting quotations from organizations, to conduct field survey in connection with Enrichment of VTC (village, town, city) data.

The Pilot projects are planned in 3 districts (Kolar in Karnataka, Krishnagiri in Tamil Nadu  piond Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh). The scope of work includes field survey / studies and mapping of every location with latitude and longitude and location images.

Background:

UIDAI is involved in the enrolment of residents for Aadhaar. One of the issues encountered in the field during enrolment is the absence of a particular village or pin-code in the enrolment client software. The UIDAI master data has been created using inputs from India Post and Census Department, which needs to be updated on the basis of latest information by conducting field survey / study penetrating up to the last level of habitation and capturing key data with latitude, longitude and images of key locations in the habitation.

It is intended to enrich the above data in the following three districts viz.

• Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh

• Kolar in Karnataka and

• Krishnagiri in Tamil Nadu

The drill-down needs to be up to the hamlets, habitations, sub-villages level (including State, District, Sub-district, Taluk, Village or Gram Panchayat).

The details that need to be captured are as follows:

  • photo of a landmark (such as a ration shop, government school, post office box, having the name of the village) in the given village
  • the latitude and the longitude (preferably as part of the photo metadata) of the village
  • the pin-code for the village
  • additional attributes (whether the village is the GP or Hobli) for the village
  • photo of the delivery post office along with latitude and longitude

Further, this data needs to be annotated daily onto digital map available on a website.

Approach

The various phases of the approach are:

 Preparation Phase

During this stage, existing data (UIDAI, Pin Code Data, Census 2011, State Revenue) inputs for 3 districts are reconciled to generate a superset list of villages. This list will contain attributes such as pin-code, village code (where available), Sub-district, etc.

This will form the basis of the field work.

Report with statistical information (such as total number of villages, number of villages that do not have a village code (such as habitations, hamlets) is generated.

A digital database that can be used for field work is created. It is advisable to distinguish between villages that appear in both the Revenue as well as Census versus those that appear in either as the latter set will need greater attention at the field level.

 Survey Phase

During this phase, the specific data is collected from the villages. Further, this data is uploaded onto say a website on a daily basis.

Apart from data collection, meetings with say the Postal department, Revenue department officials (such as Village Officer), etc. will be planned. This will help in the addition of villages

Verification of the collected data (by say retired govt. officials) is also planned.

 Consolidation Phase

During this phase, any gaps found are addressed. Additional verification will also be conducted.

The entire exercise should be completed within 5 weeks from the date of issue of LOI.

 

The successful agency will  have to make their own arrangements of travel, accommodation and other related logistics at the concerned places for undertaking the work.