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PRESENT STATUS OF E-GOVERNANCE INITIATIVES

    The automation of the Bureau's functioning was started way back in 1980s and by the end of 1994 its publicity work was fully computerised. This was a major leap towards e-governance.

  1. COMPUTER NETWORK IN PIB
  2. At Head Quarters in Delhi , all the officers and staff of the Bureau are well equipped with necessary computer hardware, software and skills. All the PCs are on Local Area Network (LAN) and Internet. Special services like over 25 daily newspapers in digital form (in CDs) and informative CDs like Encyclopedia are available to them on LAN.

    The PIB Head Quarters in Delhi is linked with all 8 Regional and 30 of its Branch Offices over the computer network. They have the essential IT infrastructure facility set up to take care of their publicity related needs. The Bureau sends Press releases, Press notes, Features, photographs and other publicity material to these Regional and Branch Offices through the computer network.

  3. NEWS PAPERS ON LAN
  4. Through its Press Clipping Unit, the Bureau is getting scanned over 20 English and Hindi dailies everyday for providing accesses to its officers to these newspapers on LAN for making clippings for their respective ministers and other top level officers.

  5. WEB SITE OF PIB
  6. PIB has its own Web site. This makes publicity material available for international consumption without sending it physically. The site is updated throughout the day every day with latest publicity material like press releases, backgrounders, info nuggets and features in Hindi, English and Urdu along with photographs covering daily functions of PM and other ministers and ministries.

    The Accreditation Index distributed by the Bureau to all accredited media persons and various publicity departments of the governments is now available on the web site with key word search facility, which is a great help for the user.

    Recently, PIB has launch a dynamic, interactive and exhaustive Electronic Databank on its web site. A unique and very useful feature of this data bank is personalised PIB subscription facility that keeps one up-to-date with what is happening in his/her field of interest, via email. Users may subscribe to the site and avail of regular updates on all releases, background material and even photographs on the chosen topics to be sent to their personal e-mail boxes.

  7. PHOTO TRANSMISSION BY NET
  8. PIB HQs and all of its Regional and Branch Offices have the installation of appropriate computers and laser printers and scanners for photo-transmission/duplication services, which enables fast transmission and receipt of photographs.

  9. COMPUTERISED FAX USAGE
  10. The Press releases are also faxed through computers to local news papers as well as all resident-correspondents of the important outstation news papers.

  11. INTERNET CONNECTIVITY
  12. All the Regional and Branch Offices and the HQs have Internet facility through VSNL, MTNL, DoT or NIC.

    Of special mention here are two areas - the disturbed and strategically important states of J&K and North- East with the added disadvantage of these being hilly and difficult terrains for which V-SATs have been provided recently in Guwahati and Srinagar for directly accessing internet round the clock.

  13. VIDEO CONFERENCING SYSTEM
  14. PIB is connected to some of its Regional and Branch Offices by Video Conferencing system through NIC's studios. This enables media persons at these regional centres to participate in Press Conferences going on in New Delhi as well as in other parts of the country without being physically present there.

  15. ELECTION INFORMATION SYSTEM
  16. The Elections Results Information system enabled PIB to update Loksabha election results online as and when data was received from Regional and Branch Offices through computer network.

  17. APPLICATION OF GIS (GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEM)
  18. The use of GIS (Geographic Information System) software enabled the release of maps for various phases of Elections as well as the display of Election results in map format, accessible through internet, at PIB Web site.

  19. INTERNET JOURNALISM
  20. Some of the Regional Offices had organised training programmes on internet and internet journalism for local journalists. Other R/B Offices are also planning such training programmes.

    A workshop on 'Media Relationships In The Internet Driven Age' was organized on April 5-6th, 2005 to sensitize the DPO's to incorporate various facets of Internet Journalism in their sphere of activities.