PIB – 29th Jan 2021

  1. TEJAS – The visual intelligence tool, through the collaborative effort of NIC and NICSI (CEDA), is completely developed in-house using open source technologies and bringing together the best features comparable to market leading BI tools. The tool would be primarily used by Government Departments at various levels in the centre and state. It will provide State-of-the-art and powerful data analysis for officials to design analytical reports and turn data into accurate analysis and smart visualizations.
  1. e-Auction India –It caters to the electronic forward and reverse auction requirements of the Government departments and organizations. It aims at transparency and non-discrimination amongst bidders, by allowing free access to auction documents, clarifications, online submission of quotes from any place on 24×7 basis, in a secured environment, adopting industry standard open technologies.
  1. Work from AnyWhere Portal – WAW (Work from AnyWhere) Portal will ease and enhance accessibility of key applications to the Government employees.WAW portal is built upon core workplace experience and creates a highly extensible environment for users to dynamically adapt to changing needs. The virtual work environment, provisioned by WAW portal, will empower employees with all the key resources enabling them to access organizations’ applications and data and communicate with fellow officials. With the following objectives to achieve, WAW portal will facilitate quick transition to remote workplace environment, while maintaining secured access to departmental applications.
  1. NIC Products Portfolio- for International Offering to augment Digital India branding through promotion of productized software applications at global level.  Product Offerings include:

i) eOffice – A Digital workplace solution;  ii) GePNIC – Government eProcurement System;   iii) Service Plus – An integrated eService Delivery Framework;    iv) e-Hospital – Simplifying Healthcare Service Delivery;   v) BhuNaksha – A Solution for Cadastral Mapping;   vi) ePrisons – IT Solution for Prison Management; vii) eCourts – A Justice Delivery System; viii) Darpan – Government Dashboard Platform.

NICSI celebrates 25 years of its establishment

National Informatics Centre Services Inc. (NICSI) was established in 1995 as a section-8 (erstwhile section-25) company under National Informatics Centre, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India for providing and procuring IT solutions for multiple e-governance projects undertaken by NIC, MeitY, Governments and Government Organizations (like Public Sector Undertakings).

NICSI Vision

  • Aim for a leadership position in technology enablement
  • Aspire to be a broad technology enabler rather than being limited to ICT implementations
  • Focus on India as well as developing countries
  • Balance between business leadership and socioeconomic growth

India Joins the World to Light Up Qutub Minar As a Sign of Unity to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)

  • January 30, 2021 will mark the second annual World Neglected Tropical Diseases  (NTD) Day, highlighting the global community’s commitment to ending Neglected Tropical Diseases that cause immeasurable suffering among the world’s most marginalized communities.  India joins the world to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases. On this day the Qutub Minar will be lit up along with other landmarks across the world.
  • On World NTD Day, on 30th January 2021, more than 50 landmarks representing 25 nations across the world will be lit up to celebrate how far we have come together in beating NTDs. India too will proudly join these countries, by illuminating UNESCO world heritage site Qutub Minar.    
  • 1 in 5 people around the world are affected by NTDs. India is home to the world’s largest absolute burden of at least 11 of these major neglected tropical diseases. These diseases debilitate, disfigure, and can even be fatal to those affected. 

Background:

  • Originally announced by the Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi  at the 2019 Reaching the Last Mile Forum.

What are the NTDs

  • NTDs are primarily parasitic, bacterial or viral infections that thrive amongst the poorest and most marginalized people, families and communities. Threatening more than 1.5 billion people worldwide, they are spread by human contact, insects, contaminated water and soil infested with the eggs or larvae of worms.
  • Once widely dispersed, NTDs now persist in settings of extreme poverty, urban slums and conflict zones.
  • Though diverse in terms of causes and effects, NTDs frequently affect the same communities. They are responsible for about 500,000 deaths per year but chiefly are causing pain, disfigurement and chronic disability, impairing childhood growth and mental development and hindering economic growth – trapping people, families and entire communities in a cycle of poverty.

Across health and development, world awareness days offer an annual opportunity to mobilize greater attention, action and investment on priority issues, particularly in the countries and communities most directly affected.

NTDs were one of the few health and development issues that didn’t have a dedicated advocacy milestone until 2020.

World NTD Day brings together civil society advocates, community leaders, global health experts and policymakers working across the diverse NTD landscape, and unifies partners behind our common goal: to Face NTDs and #EndTheNeglect.

  • 30 January is the anniversary of the landmark 2012 London Declaration on NTDs, which unified partners across sectors, countries and disease communities to push for greater investment and action on NTDs. World NTD Day not only honored this incredible show of support, but will inspire and rally partners each and every year behind the fight to #BeatNTDs.

2021 is the year the WHO will launch the #NTDRoadmap2030, with ambitious new goals to lead us into the next decade of collective action.