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Funding for .IN Startups – September 2016 Second Fortnight Updates

As per Trak.in Indian Startup Funding & Investment Chart , 10 startups using .IN domain name extension as primary domain extension are received the funding in the second fortnight of September 2016. Amount of startups received the funding are indeed double the number of startups received the funding compare to first fortnight of September 2016 data. Further details can be found below.

http://gopigeon.in/ (on-demand logistics service provider) – Private Equity – 1,500,000 USD

http://www.justlikenew.in/ (Online gadget Repair Services Marketplace) – Seed Funding – 500,000 USD

http://firstmomsclub.in/ (Social Network for Mothers) – Seed Funding – Undisclosed

http://www.inmotion.in/ (Financial platform for daily wage earning communities) – Seed Funding – Undisclosed

https://www.tinystep.in/ (Parenting Network Platform) – Private Equity – 1,580,000 USD

https://www.canvs.in/ (Community Platform for Artists and Designers) – Seed Funding – Undisclosed

http://www.beardo.in/ (Mens Grooming products etailer) – Seed Funding – 500,000 USD

http://www.instacar.in/ (Out-Station Taxi Rental Platform) – Seed Funding – 1,000,000 USD

http://promon.in/ (Local Commerce Platform) – Seed Funding – 180,000 USD

http://zeta.in/ (Enterprise Cloud Solutions) – Private Equity – 19,00,000 USD

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Mantra of Connecting Rural India:Reducing Digital Divide – “The Common Service Centres”

ABOUT COMMON SERVICES CENTRES SCHEME:
Common Services Centers (CSCs) are a strategic cornerstone of the Digital India programme. They are the access points for delivery of various electronic services to villages in India, thereby contributing to a digitally and financially inclusive society. To access further details about CSC , kindly access the website www.CSC.GOV.in

Common service center

Common service center

As per the honorable prime minister of India Mr Shri Narendra Modi, “If a huge section of the population is left out then a huge calamity may befall all of us in the form of digital divide. If we don’t spread this among the poor and in villages, our words of development shall ring hollow.”. In short , I also completely agree with Honorable PM’s views, any division either its digital or economic can easily bring calamity in long run, it is vital for any nation to establish clearly an inclusive ecosystem.

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CSC brochure can be accessed here

All Common Services Centers should mandatorily register for Apna Dhan (Aadhar Enabled Payment System) (AePS – a common Uniform Payment Interface) , AePS will enable them to disburse Direct Benefit Transfer to citizens in rural areas. In terms of .IN domain names, AePs.in is owned by government’s org NPCI, however not in use at moment and hope a nice website will be offered on the same.

Registrant Name:AP Hota
Registrant Organization:NATIONAL PAYMENTS CORPORATION OF INDIA

CCS.gov.in website is receiving around 300k daily visits. Every citizen has to use common services in some form or shape. More awareness for .IN domain names as a result of this website is getting popular.

CSC.gov.in has published few youtube videos, those videos can provide a high level idea about the service offerings of common services centers. These are only few per example , 100’s of such services can be offered by CSCs in long run. CSCs play a vital role in reducing the digital divide and ensure the rural India is also benefit from the digital India program.

IRCTC Booking ( Kindly note the below videos are made in Hindi Language by CSC.gov.in)

NSDL Pan Card:

Tele medicine:

Jan Aushadhi (Generic Medicine):

CAD Course:

If anyone are interested for making a new CSC applicaiton , kindly use the link: Make / Track Citizen Service Center Application

Key Message:

As per the CSC project atleast 1 CSC per each village will be authorized , means a minimum of 250K CSC’s will be in operational and assuming all these CSCs using a .IN name will bring loads of awareness and recognition for .IN domain extension and also an additional 250k .IN names will be added to zone file. I end this article with the hope that one day these citizen centers can offer the .IN registrar services too. Just imagine if each service center on average register 4 domain names per year , then its like 1 million .In registrations by these service centers alone per year. If .IN registrations are performed by these CSC’s , it will become the first of its kind by any domain extension in the world 🙂

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Digital India Newsletter reached to all .IN registrants too.

Digital India Newsletter email has been sent to all .IN registrants perhaps .IN registrants are added to the database of Sampark.gov.in which means more and more similar emails will be sent to all .IN registrants too . The same email is showing signed by Ms. S.Radha Chauhan (IAS), President and CEO of National eGovernance Division (NeGD). There is an option to unsubscribe if anyone feels its a spam, personally I feel these emails are quite helpful for me to know the Digital India related news time to time, its nice mechanism for the government to connect directly with citizens across India. eSampark platform is used for sharing informational and public service messages.

Below is the email received by .IN registrants:

Dear all,

It remains our constant endeavour to push forward the vision of creating a digitally empowered nation. Our journey is incomplete and impossible without the participation of all stakeholders – from Governments to Industry to Institutions to the Citizens residing in the farthest corners of India. We eagerly share new developments of our tireless work through this 5th edition of Digital India eNewsletter.

To encourage innovative participation and build healthy competition, we have introduced three new categories for the Web Ratna Awards 2016 – Web Ratna District, Outstanding Digital Initiative by local body and award for best Mobile App. The award is re-christened as ‘Digital India Awards- 2016’. Last date for nominations is August 15th and we urge you to send your entries so efforts can be given due recognition.

Further, systems are being set up to build capacity for digital India by engaging with stakeholders to give ideas and enabling organizations to manage them. Learning and knowledge management systems are also being introduced within the Government systems to update skills of Government officials in order to realise the vision of a Digitally empowered India.

As we engage citizens through apps and social media platforms to give feedback, a system has to be in place to analyze and drive meaningful insights from that feedback to drive policy changes. Rapid Assessment System (RAS) being set up by NeGD is one such initiative. In this edition you will find details about all the initiatives mentioned above and more!

We look forward to you support and feedback in transforming India.

Link to the newsletter is here. http://digitalindia.gov.in/newsletter/2016_july/index.php

I hope the newsletter will be helpful to the readers to track the latest development under Digital India programme. Feedback and suggestions are welcome.

Happy Reading!

Regards,
Ms. S.Radha Chauhan (IAS), President and CEO, NeGD.
http://digitalindia.gov.in/newsletter/2016_july/index.php

Here is my take about this news letter:
This news letter is quite good for those interested in .IN to be aware of the happenings of Digital India program. Newsletter has nice articulated the progress made in various work streams of Digital India , per example INTEGRATING ICANN WITH POLICY DEVELOPMENT work has drawn my attention as the same workshop has conducted in association with NIXI

It covered the below topics:

1)DIGITAL INDIA AWARDS 2016: To encourage various stakeholders, involved in making India a ‘Digital Superpower’, the National Portal of India has called for nominations for the Digital India Awards 2016 (earlier known as WebRatna Awards).
2) SOURCING INDIA’S ART FROM ROOTS : Major push to promote to Handicraft skills
3) BUILDING CAPACITY FOR DIGITAL INDIA: With the changing landscape in governance, internal stakeholders and e-Governance practitioners need to be continuously equipped with new skills and knowledge to effectively contribute to a digitally empowered India.
4) CREATING KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY WITH KMS: Knowledge management is fundamental to identify, create, share & effectively utilize organizational information and enable growth of an organization in the long run. In order to transform India into a ‘knowledge economy’, a Knowledge Management System (KMS) for e-Governance has been envisioned under Digital India.
5) DIGITAL INDIA OUTREACH CAMPAIGN “DIGITAL RATH” – A STEP FORWARD IN NARROWING DIGITAL DIVIDE:
In an effort to inform Indian citizens, residing in remote locations of the country, about the various initiatives under Digital India Program, the Government launched “Digital Rath Outreach Campaign”.
6) DRIVING SOCIAL CHANGE WITH DATA:
A Big Data Conference was organized by NeGD together with STQC in June 2016. The objective of the conference was to spread awareness about Big Data Analytics and its use in the Government Domain amongst Government officials.
7)INTEGRATING ICANN WITH POLICY DEVELOPMENT:
On May 17,2016 Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology conducted a “Workshop on Engaging with ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers)” at New Delhi.
8) SCHEME FOR NATIONAL AWARDS FOR HINDI BOOKS ON ELECTRONICS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
In line with making India digitally literate, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology will award books on electronics and information technology written and published in Hindi language.
9) NEW STPI CENTRES INAUGURATED IN JHARKHAND:
On the occasion of Vikas Parv on 18th June, 2016, Shri. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon’ble Minister of Electronics & Information Technology, Law & Justice & IT laid the foundation stones for setting up of new STPI centres at Jamshedpur and Dhanbad in the State of Jharkhand.
10)CABINET APPROVES SETTING-UP OF INDIA POST PAYMENTS BANK:
The Union Cabinet under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Shri.Narendra Modi has given its approval for setting up India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) as a Public Limited Company under Department of Posts, with 100% Government of India (GOI) equity
11)INDIA POST GEO-TAGS 1.5 LAKH POST OFFICES USING BHUVAN:
To provide easy access and information about the Post Office nearest to a citizen and its timings, India Post, in collaboration with Department of Space geo-tagged 1.5 lakh Post offices on the indigenous geo-portal Bhuvan – a platform developed by ISRO.
12)ONLINE SUBMISSION OF BUILDING PLANS FOR NDMC:
The Ministry of Urban Development has recently issued a notification that all applications for building plans in New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) will have to be submitted online.
13) INDIA FIGHTS DENGUE:
“India Fights Dengue” is a mobile app developed by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to make people aware of symptoms of Dengue and its remedies. The app was developed keeping in mind the rising number of deaths in India due to Dengue.
14)NOTIFY AGENCIES ABOUT BAD ROADS WITH ‘MERI SADAK’:
“Meri Sadak” is a versatile mobile application to empower citizens to give their critical feedback with respect to the pace of work, nature of work and Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) streets to Nodal Departments in the State Governments/National Rural Roads Development Agency (NRRDA). Citizens can take photos of the site and submit along with feedback.
15) ENHANCING GOVERNANCE THROUGH ANALYSIS OF CITIZEN FEEDBACK WITH RAS:
In another initiative to encourage citizen engagement in governance, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology through the National e-Governance Division (NeGD) is implementing ‘Rapid Assessment System (RAS)’, which will enable Government departments and agencies to capture citizens’ feedback related to e-Governance services.
16) DIGITAL ORIENTATION PROGRAM FOR RAJYA SABHA SECRETARIAT OFFICERS:
On July 17, 2016, a one day orientation program on Digital India was held at the Rajya Sabha Secretariat, exclusively for the Rajya Sabha Secretariat officers. The seminar was chaired by Hon’ble dignitaries such as Mr. Shamsher K Sheriff, Secretary-General of Rajya Sabha.
17) VIKAS PARV:
On May 25, 2014, the Narendra Modi Government came to power with a landslide victory. Two years on, the Government is marking its second anniversary in office.
18)MILESTONES ACHIEVED UNDER DIGITAL INDIA PROGRAMME:
Ever since the launch of the Digital India Programme in July 2015, an array of milestones has been achieved; this has helped in taking forward the vision of a digitally empowered India.
19)HOW TO IMPLEMENT AN IDEA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM IN GOVERNMENT:
In an earlier post posted on Digital India portal, we examined how an Idea Management System (IMS) can help accelerate innovation in Government. We saw that organizations can potentially make quantum jumps at the rate in which they implement employee ideas, through “a systematic, formal mechanism for soliciting, generating, developing, evaluating, selecting, implementing, spreading and learning from large numbers of ideas from anyone and everyone in the organization” (an IMS).
20)INDIA TO HOST 10TH EDITION OF ICEGOV IN MARCH 2017:
Government of India (through Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology and NeGD) with UNESCO and the United Nations University’s unit on policy-driven electronic governance will organize the 10th edition of ICEGOV in March 2017 in New Delhi.

Important Observation:
Most importantly the news letter has reference to .IN URLs around 26 times. This news letter will reach to every Indian citizen whose email address is in government database and all the URLs are ending with .IN , it is certainly spread the awareness of .IN in a huge way.

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.IN registrants has received an email with the subject of “ICEGOV 2017: Call for Papers”

Below is the letter circulated to .IN registrants by sampark.gov.in

http://jan-sampark.nic.in/jansampark/images/campaign/2016/29-Jul/index.html

About sampark.gov.in:

e-Sampark is a mechanism to connect the government directly with citizens across India by running mailer, outbound dialing and SMS campaigns. The platform is used for sharing informational and public service messages. The concept of e-Sampark has been introduced to establish proactive communication by digitization of campaigns.The multi-faceted platform facilitates not only seamless communication between the government and citizens, but also maintains a database of contacts of the nodal officers, representatives and citizens. In addition, users can also view the previous campaigns conducted.e-Sampark signifies the essence of Digital India. It enables the government to communicate with the citizens about several programs and initiatives.The features of the e-Sampark can been seen here.

 

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