Department of Electronics and Information Technology Current Affairs - 2019
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India’s Mobile Seva Project started by Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) has won the 2014 United Nations Public Service Award. The award has been given in the category of promoting whole of government approaches in Information Age.
The United Nations Public Service Awards is the most prestigious international recognition of excellence in public service. It honors the creative achievements and contributions of public service institutions that lead to a more effective and responsive public administration in countries across the world. These awards promote the role, professionalism and visibility of public service through an annual competition.
The Mobile Seva Project is lead by Dr. Rajendra Kumar, joint secretary (e-Governance), Deit. It was launched in January 2012, and won in second prize the category “Promoting Whole of Government Approaches in the Information Age” for Asia Pacific.
The project mainly develops and provides mobile apps for government and citizen use. Available on the government website, mgov.gov.in, some of the active 299 apps include those for passport services, election commission or more. For example, the passport service app –mPassport Seva facilitates users to locate centres, calculate fee for a particular service, track application status and more. There are other apps for intra-departmental use like the employee Leave Management System app, currently live only for Rajasthan. The project covers over 1,000 government departments and agencies from across the country.
The first prize in the category was bagged by the Korean health and welfare information service.
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In a bid to give boost to local production of electronics, the Union Government approved the setting up of two plants to manufacture semiconductor chips in India.
The two electronic chip manufacturing units will be set up by:
- India’s Jaiprakash Associates, IBM and Tower Jazz at a cost of Rs 34,399 crore near the Yamuna Expressway in Uttar Pradesh.
- France-based ST Microelectronics, HSMC Technologies (Hindustan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation) and Malaysia’s Silterra at Prantij, Gujarat at a cost of Rs 29,013 crore.
Benefits given by Government of India to electronic chip manufacturing units
- Offered 25% subsidy on capital expenditure, tax breaks and Rs. 5124 crore to each plant as interest-free loans in a bid to attract chip makers.
- The companies in the consortia will get all benefits listed under the National Policy on Electronics viz. Modified Special Incentive Package, which allows up to Rs 10,000 crore in benefits under the 12th Five Year Plan ending 2017.
- They will benefit under section 35 AD of I-T Act and will also be allowed to deduct 100% expenditure made on research and development for development of electronic chips.
Note: Semiconductors are neither a good conductor of electricity (like copper) nor a good insulator (like rubber). These are usually very small and complex devices, and can be found in thousands of electronic devices viz. transistors, mobile phones, computers, hi-tech defense equipment, etc. The most common semiconductor materials are Silicon (Si) and Germanium(Ge).