We all want a corruption free India            We all think we can bring a change                           We all find wa...
But this change cannot be brought alone             This Indian needs your support, your                    feedback, your...
Presenting idea for ‘eCitizen Application     Agenda     Introduction     Audience     Overview of concept for ‘eCitize...
IntroductionThe evil of corruption is not unknown to we Indians. Corruptionin India has not only deprived common man of go...
Please note: I DONOT belong to a political party            Iam NOT against any individual or government            I DONO...
Audience    Common man like you and me    An NRI settled out of India    A housewife, office-goer, executive, CEO, farm...
Overview of concept for ‘eCitizen                              Application    The backbone of this presentation stands on ...
 This application has an objective of giving citizens – You and me an      accountability of our tax utilization by vario...
Examples      Example 1: Toll booths on highway     The Delhi – Amritsar National Highway1 has around 5 toll booths. Thes...
 Example 2: Installation of CCTV Cameras     On August 2, 2012 Pune experienced series of explosions. The      recording ...
Other examples     Though there are no dearth of such examples in our country     but few more are listed below:     How ...
Understanding what the application can do                         Process                          Citizen - Office goer, ...
Specific Example 1                                 Citizen - Office goer,                                                 ...
RTI Activists                                               Get response from state govt that                             ...
Specific Example 2Government –                Citizen - Office goer,                ‘eCitizen App’Local or National       ...
Understanding Govt Of India’s application ‘Open Govt Platform’     (To help us understand later what help it can give to ‘...
Contd …        This ‘Open Govt software’ is currently in testing phase and is           expected to be released to genera...
State and Union Govt Adds documents   Citizens access documents                                          Land Record      ...
‘Open Govt Platform’ application can publish data that eCitizen Applicationcan subscribe and make that data presentable an...
‘Open Govt Platform Application’ Vs           ‘eCitizen Application’     ‘Open Govt Platform’ will disclose all govt docu...
Liaison with Civil Society     ‘eCitizen application’ will work along side the other civil        society organizations a...
www.GetUp 4Change.org                                                                 RTI Activists                       ...
What’s in it for you/me ?                                                                                       House wife...
Next Steps      Step 1: Is to have your feedback, comments and constructive critics for the       concept of building ‘eC...
Step 3: As group members we elect a governance body to     manage finance and operations. Finalize a charter and plan     ...
Lets stop complaining about India and start     doing something that brings positive     change                  We are te...
ECitizen App India
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in...5
×

ECitizen App India

146

Published on

ECitizen Application is a concept/idea to develop an application on Web and Mobile platform that captures government data in reportable, actionable and presentable way.
This application has an objective of giving citizens – You and me an accountability of our tax utilization by various government agencies.

It will ensure information if RTI replies by govt department is not lost but is captured and visible in readable and reportable way to citizens

Also it would be a platform to understand the inflow of money to various government agencies (eg. Auction of mobile spectrum) and its outflow through various initiatives.

Such an application will give a citizen awareness that government expenditure has actually gone to right cause and show government’s accountability to citizens with discrete facts and numbers in a manner that is understandable by common citizen.

This is a concept to use technology to trigger an SMS or reminder in case a govt initiative reaches a deadline (Eg. Initiate an SMS to remind citizen of applying an RTI/PIL if govt’s deadline to replace old buses has crossed the date)

Published in: Technology, Business
0 Comments
1 Like
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

No Downloads
Views
Total Views
146
On Slideshare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
0
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
0
Comments
0
Likes
1
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide
  • None of us has a visibility of government schemes/initiatives and what ground level benefits it has or will give to common man. As a common man we get informed on expenses government is making through newspapers, news channels, websites etc. However we either do not question government on its details or we tend to forget it next day. Say a newspaper informs us that government has passed Right to Education, however we probably do not question how many children in a local district are being given free education due to this right. None of us is confident that our tax money is spent on our (citizen’s) benefit. None of us is aware how much money government received by auctioning natural resources of India – Eg. Coal blocks, mobile spectrum There are numerous individuals who file RTI applications to get information from government however the response to these RTIs remains with that individual only. However that information could have been of importance to wider mass. Currently there is no platform where this information gets visible in an organized and consolidated way to wider mass.
  • ECitizen App India

    1. 1. Citizen Applicatio India1 ecitizenappindia@gmail.com
    2. 2. We all want a corruption free India We all think we can bring a change We all find ways to bring a change This video is an attempt by an Indian like you to bring a change A change to make govt accountable and citizen more empowered2 ecitizenappindia@gmail.com
    3. 3. But this change cannot be brought alone This Indian needs your support, your feedback, your opinion But first Most importantly your next few minutes This video is not just another presentation but an attempt to share with you an ideas An idea that can change the way we want to bring change in our government system3 ecitizenappindia@gmail.com
    4. 4. Presenting idea for ‘eCitizen Application Agenda Introduction Audience Overview of concept for ‘eCitizen Application Examples Understanding what the application can do Liaison with Civil Society What’s in it for you/me Next Steps4 ecitizenappindia@gmail.com
    5. 5. IntroductionThe evil of corruption is not unknown to we Indians. Corruptionin India has not only deprived common man of good living but hasalso dented India’s image internationally which makes investmentclimate in India extremely unfriendly. There have been numerous attempts by Indian citizens, civil society and government itself (to an extent) to curb this menace however this problem remains existing with high degree. In such situation we citizens need to identify ways to counter corruption through whatever alternate means we can. This presentation is an attempt to give one of such alternate ideas without joining politics, without going on fast and believes in non- violent means using technology.5 ecitizenappindia@gmail.com
    6. 6. Please note: I DONOT belong to a political party Iam NOT against any individual or government I DONOT represent any company/organization Iam just an ordinary Indian like you, thinking of alternate means to curb corruption6 ecitizenappindia@gmail.com
    7. 7. Audience Common man like you and me An NRI settled out of India A housewife, office-goer, executive, CEO, farmer, shopkeeper A senior citizen Virtually any citizen sharing ideology of seeing corruption free India7 ecitizenappindia@gmail.com
    8. 8. Overview of concept for ‘eCitizen Application The backbone of this presentation stands on the belief that: ‘Technology has power to reach masses and enable citizens to govern the government’ Imagine a time in future in India when a poor father who has ailing son can access on his mobile what medical facilities can a local government hospital provide at no or subsidized rates. Further imagine same father if denied such a facility by hospital can initiate an enquiry about this denial through a software application that not only keeps a track of his enquiry until answered by hospital but also makes it visible to civil society in ‘readable’ and ‘reportable’ way. Such an application is the theme of this presentation and named ‘eCitizen Application’. Later in presentation I have couple of examples and pictorial representations to help you understand idea.8 ecitizenappindia@gmail.com
    9. 9.  This application has an objective of giving citizens – You and me an accountability of our tax utilization by various government agencies.  It will ensure information if RTI replies by govt department is not lost but is captured and visible in readable and reportable way to citizens  Also it would be a platform to understand the inflow of money to various government agencies (eg. Auction of mobile spectrum) and its outflow through various initiatives.  Such an application will give a citizen awareness that government expenditure has actually gone to right cause and show government’s accountability to citizens with discrete facts and numbers in a manner that is understandable by common citizen.  This is a concept to use technology to trigger an SMS or reminder in case a govt initiative reaches a deadline (Eg. Initiate an SMS to remind citizen of applying an RTI/PIL if govt’s deadline to replace old buses has crossed the date)9 ecitizenappindia@gmail.com
    10. 10. Examples  Example 1: Toll booths on highway The Delhi – Amritsar National Highway1 has around 5 toll booths. These toll booths are built on ‘Build Operate Transfer’ method. That is the private contractor will build the highway, charge the toll from traveler (citizen) to recover the cost/margin and then transfer the ownership of highway back to public. However currently an ordinary citizen who pays the toll at toll booth does not know:  How much money is still remaining to be paid to toll contractor  For how many years more do I have to pay the toll Without knowing answer to these questions the contractor can keep extracting the money from common man and there will be no check on him to end charging toll. Now imagine that if you have a Website/mobile application where this detail is visible in readable form by a common man (who may not be a computer expert). Having this information available to general public a PIL (public interest litigation) can be submitted in court to stop toll contractor from charging once his contract is over or alternatively create a public opinion with help of civil society to put pressure on govt.10 ecitizenappindia@gmail.com
    11. 11.  Example 2: Installation of CCTV Cameras On August 2, 2012 Pune experienced series of explosions. The recording of those bombs by terrorists could have been captured in couple of CCTV cameras installed. However all of these CCTV cameras were found to be non functioning. This leads to a wider question – Which government agency procured these cameras and at what cost? Which department was originally responsible for their maintenance? Now imagine that had these questions been asked while local government announced purchase of these cameras in newspapers so that these answers could be made public on a website, then the general public could have challenged in court why the did the authority responsible for its maintenance failed to maintain them. After all these cameras were installed with our (public’s) money and we have right to know this.11 ecitizenappindia@gmail.com
    12. 12. Other examples Though there are no dearth of such examples in our country but few more are listed below: How many quintals of wheat India imported in year 2011- 2012 ? How many quintals did India produce in same year ? How much price India paid per quintal to import Vs price India paid to local farmers? How many buses in Chennai have reached their maximum lifespan in year 2012 but are still in operation? How many foreign trips did employees of Chandigarh administration make in 2011 ? What are the tangible and intangible benefits Chandigarh city received or expects to receive after their return?12 ecitizenappindia@gmail.com
    13. 13. Understanding what the application can do Process Citizen - Office goer, ‘eCitizen App’Government – ‘eCitizen Application’ Technical expertsLocal or National shopkeeper, housewife admin team Announce a Get access to infromation on Decide how functionally this Add details to ‘eCitizen App’ scheme Scheme and extract information will be added to application’ quantitative and qualitative eCitizen App. information from confirmed Then send to technical sources (Newspaper, Govt experts Websites or RTI response). Send to ‘eCitizen App’ admin team Give information to common man on Website Send SMS 13 ecitizenappindia@gmail.com Give information on mobile app
    14. 14. Specific Example 1 Citizen - Office goer, ‘eCitizen App’Government – ‘eCitizen App’ Technical expertsLocal or National shopkeeper, housewife admin team XYZ State A housewife reads this news and organizes the information Discuss and decide how this Add details to ‘eCitizen App’ government data can be organized in announces a toll like for how many years we need to pay toll, what presentable and reportable road on an way in ‘eCitizen App’;. expressway guaranteed services can we expect to get from paying Then send to technical toll. The information not experts given in newspaper is collected through ‘’Govt website’ or in extreme through RTI Inform common man on Website that toll is to paid for next X years and road will be free from potholes A for next 5 years Contd in next slide ... Send periodic SMS giving this information to travellers who have subscribed 14 ecitizenappindia@gmail.com Give same information on mobile app ondemand
    15. 15. RTI Activists Get response from state govt that pothole will be fixed in X days ‘eCitizen App’ Receive an SMS or check on A admin team Website the response state Contd ... Govt has given ‘eCitizen App’ admin team then sends this information to Either of these citizens now travel on all registered activist who then expressway and find there are many files RTI application to that potholes. State Govt first asking when These travelers then send feedback to was last maintenance check of ‘eCitizen App Admin’ team through the highway was done and then email/sms with pictures and coordinates seeking answer when these potpoles will be fixed In case Govt does not reply then create public opinion15 ecitizenappindia@gmail.com
    16. 16. Specific Example 2Government – Citizen - Office goer, ‘eCitizen App’Local or National shopkeeper, housewife admin team RTI Activists Get response from govt on any other expected benefits from package and timeline of govt. to Central government A shopkeeper of that state Get information on this relief use the package announces a relief comes to know about this package and validate the data sent package for a state through newspaper and sends by shopkeeper from other sources. specific details from news Then refer ‘Open Govt.’ website or paper like ‘Amount of relief in extreme seek RTI’s help in packg announced’, ‘List of seeking information from govt on purposes (eg. Rehabilitation any other benefit for which this of poor, improve medical package is accounted for. facility) to ‘eCitizen App’ admin team Go Inform common man ont’ Th v Website on s of is Ap resp status of progressrem development as o per the relief package de p wi nse ap in pli of r l i de catio to l gen s add ve n vo er lop for lun ate ed t m g te a o Send periodic SMS giving this ent ovt t ers t utom ‘eCit o k o r a t iz e information no ais ic p n A w e a er pp 16 ecitizenappindia@gmail.com pr n o i od ’ og th ic res er Give same information on mobile app ondemand s/ RT S I
    17. 17. Understanding Govt Of India’s application ‘Open Govt Platform’ (To help us understand later what help it can give to ‘eCitizen App’)  We are already aware that India has a Right to Information act that gives right to citizen to seek details from govt. on its functioning and accounts. This is one powerful tool that we Indians have got.  However what we might not be aware is that Indian govt. has collaborated with US govt to develop an application called ‘Open Govt Platform’  This platform is a software that was jointly developed by developers from US and India and sponsored by respective govts and was released on 30th Mar 2012  This software makes all govt data and information public in form of documents. Hence we can expect to see land records, coal auction details, policies to be made public. Contd ….17 ecitizenappindia@gmail.com
    18. 18. Contd … This ‘Open Govt software’ is currently in testing phase and is expected to be released to general public around Nov 2012. Further India has also released ‘National Open Data Policy’ in Feb 2012 which is approved by Cabinet. As per this policy every govt department will publish its documents online which can be accessed by public and every year these documents will be updated. Last but not least ‘Open Govt Platform’ has also developed a tool that shows which govt dept has contributed how many documents and which has not –Equally applicable for state governments as well.18 ecitizenappindia@gmail.com
    19. 19. State and Union Govt Adds documents Citizens access documents Land Record Document Highway dev. Record Document Flood Relief fund Record Document Govt. Hospital Record Document Crime record document Foreign Travel Record Document19 ecitizenappindia@gmail.com
    20. 20. ‘Open Govt Platform’ application can publish data that eCitizen Applicationcan subscribe and make that data presentable and reportableEg. NREGA scheme’s records can be published by ‘Open Govt Platform’ that eCitizenApplication can make presentable on Portal or on mobile app Access Data Access Reportable/Presentable Access Documents Information Citizens 20 ecitizenappindia@gmail.com
    21. 21. ‘Open Govt Platform Application’ Vs ‘eCitizen Application’ ‘Open Govt Platform’ will disclose all govt documents to public but it will not make information in those documents readable, reportable and actionable to general public. ‘eCitizen Application’ can take data from ‘Open Govt. Application’ like dates, amount, names and will present it to citizens : •So that citizen can access information with few clicks rather than going through multiple pages of govt documents •So that citizens with this information can be sent SMSes and emails periodically (Eg. 60 days are remaining for Old buses to be decommissioned in Kolkata) •So that reports can be generated to present through bar charts, pie charts etc. (Eg. How many RTI queries are unanswered21 after 30 days of submission) ecitizenappindia@gmail.com
    22. 22. Liaison with Civil Society ‘eCitizen application’ will work along side the other civil society organizations and applications that share same ideologies These entities may include but not limited to: Civil society (Forums, groups, societies like SCAD, ‘IAC (India against corruption) etc. Applications that are devoted to cause of bringing social change (Eg. Avaaz.org, getup4change.org (RTI Anonymous)) Eminent citizens like retd officers, film personalities Virtually anyone22 ecitizenappindia@gmail.com
    23. 23. www.GetUp 4Change.org RTI Activists Get response from state govt that pothole will be fixed in X days ‘Open Govt. Receive an SMS or check on A App’ admin team Website the response state Contd ... Govt has given ‘eCitizen App’ admin team then sends this information to Either of these citizens now travel on all registered activist who then expressway and find there are many files RTI application to that potholes. State Govt first asking when These travelers then send feedback to was last maintenance check of ‘eCitizen App Admin’ team through the highway was done and then email/sms with pictures and coordinates seeking answer when these potpoles will be fixed In case Govt does not reply then create public opinion ecitizenappindia@gmail.com www.Avaaz.org23
    24. 24. What’s in it for you/me ? House wife, office goer, Software businessman, NRI, Senior Citizens virtually any citizen Engineer • Guide and advise • Participate in governance •Contribute in designing an IT • Actively participate in body application (eCitizen App) for governance body • Contribute in design and benefit of citizens • Optionally raise RTIs for the funding •Development in open source cause • Raise RTIs technologies • Manage operationsFundamental Principle: Open Source and NOT for Profit Management NGOs, civil Graduates • Find sources of finance to society cover expenses (*No profits) • Participate in governance • Develop marketing body strategies to promote use of • Contribute in design app by citizens • Manage Operations • Manage accounts/finance24 ecitizenappindia@gmail.com
    25. 25. Next Steps  Step 1: Is to have your feedback, comments and constructive critics for the concept of building ‘eCitizen App’  ‘You’ can be anyone, from any walk of life who shares an ideology in controlling corruption in India  To send your inputs please mail ecitizenappindia@gmail.com  Join the group – “Ecitizen App India” on Facebook/LinkedIn:  http://www.facebook.com/groups/234517556671403/  http://www.linkedin.com/groups/eCitizen-App-India- 4570293?trk=myg_ugrp_ovr  Step 2: Once we have substantial group members over next 2 months (by Oct 2012) we will formulate groups like designers of application, advisors, action group members25 ecitizenappindia@gmail.com
    26. 26. Step 3: As group members we elect a governance body to manage finance and operations. Finalize a charter and plan These links are given in this video below.26 ecitizenappindia@gmail.com
    27. 27. Lets stop complaining about India and start doing something that brings positive change We are technology gurus for world , lets start contributing some of our time for developing technology for India Lets atleast try doing something to make India corruption free, atleast we will be able to tell our kids that WE DID TRY27 ecitizenappindia@gmail.com Jai Hind

    ×