The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has organized a Conference on “Rating of Buildings or Areas for Digital Connectivity”, here today. In the year 2022, when country is celebrating Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, TRAI has also completed 25-years of its existence. The Conference is organized as a part its year-long silver Jubilee celebration.
Chairman TRAI, Dr. P.D. Vaghela inaugurating the Conference
The Conference was inaugurated by the Chairman TRAI, Dr. P.D. Vaghela and the session was graced by the presence of Member Technology DCC DoT, Member TRAI and senior Officers from Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Department of Telecommunication, Town and Country Planning Organisation, various State Governments, Development Authorities, NAREDCO, BIS, BEE, representative from telecom and real estate Industry etc.
The conference was organised in the spirit of the proactive role of TRAI to work in collaboration with industry and other stakeholders and ensure good Quality Telecom Services are delivered to the consumers inside the building keeping pace with the new and emerging technologies. In this regard, TRAI had issued a consultation paper on Rating of Buildings or Areas for Digital Connectivity, on 25th March 2022, wherein extensive participation from various stakeholders is witnessed. The stakeholders submitted inputs and comments on the issues raised and also shared their thoughts in Open House Session.
Chairman TRAI, Dr. P.D. Vaghela delivering his Keynote and Inaugural address
Chairman TRAI, Dr. P.D. Vaghela in his keynote and Inaugural address, put forth the background of the conference and underlined the importance of good digital connectivity, in present era. We all have adopted to this new norm of life of performing our day-to-day tasks through online mode and for this we require good digital connectivity in every nook and corner of the apartment. For providing digital connectivity in indoor areas, TSPs actions alone will not suffice rather close collaboration and coordination among multitude of agencies/ stakeholders from telecom side, real estate sector, permission granting authorities etc., is required for this new eco system to work effectively. Chairman TRAI, advocated for close coordination among various stakeholders for ensuring co-design and co-creation of Digital Connectivity Infrastructure along with building plan. There should be necessary provisions in Building bye-laws for co-creation of DCI and standards in the National Building Code of India. He urged all the three tiers of the Government i.e. Center, State and Local Governments, to update their bye-laws/ housing acts to make provision for robust, effective and efficient digital connectivity infrastructure for real delightful experience of end users.
Chairman TRAI also advocated to create a win-win situation to builder, telecom service providers and end users’ experience, by creating a framework for benchmarking of buildings in terms of Digital Connectivity experience rating. The rating widely published shall attract buyers and thereby enable service providers and builders to add values to their services or properties.
The deliberations at the conference were held in three sessions. The first session focused on Quest for Good Digital Connectivity and the speakers from DoT, TCPO, BEE, UL Standards and Engagements Inc. and DIPA shared their views. The second session was on Digital tools and Platforms for DCI players wherein speakers from Telecom Industry, iBwave, Ericsson and Deloitte presented their thoughts on varied topics. The third session was dedicated to Panel Discussionsin which apart from TRAI officers, experts from NAREDCO, TEC, NTIPRIT, TCPO, COAI, UL Standards, ISPAI etc., participated and deliberated on the issues.
Invitees from various organization at the Conference
The conference was successful in getting quality inputs from the stakeholders of various organisations and TRAI shall consider these while finalising its recommendations on this topic.
For more information on this Conference, kindly contact Shri Anand Kumar Singh, Advisor (QoS), Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, on email: advqos[at]trai[dot]gov[dot]in. or may be contacted at Tel. No: +91-11-2323-0404, Fax: +91-11-2321-3036.
GeM in collaboration with PIB organises GeM Seller Samvad in Bhubaneswar
Programme aims at sensitizing the stakeholders while improving the service delivery of GeM
20 SEP 2022 5:21PM by PIB Bhubaneshwar
The Government e-Marketing (GeM) place in collaboration with the Press Information Bureau (PIB) on Tuesday organized the GeM Seller Samvad in Bhubaneswar, an interactive session with the stakeholders of GeM to get their feedbacks and suggestions to further improve the service delivery of the digital platform.
The ‘Seller Samvad’ has been planned to interact with the GeM sellers in particular and make them aware about the new GeM features and functionalities that further make it conducive for them to operate on the portal. Through the Samvad, it was also planned to have these sellers speak about their experiences and share the same with others to learn from and get inspired.
Addressing the media, Dr. Girish Chandra Dash, Joint Director, PIB highlighted the importance and benefits of unified market under GeM as envisioned by Prime Minister.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Anoop Dhanvijay, Director, Buyer Management, GeM, said that GeM has grown tremendously since past few years. “Lakhs of buyers and sellers are now connected with the GeM. With the growth, we need to sensitise people and improve its service delivery further for which programmes like this Seller Samvad is important,” he said.
The #GeMSellerSamvad has been organised in #Bhubaneswar,#Odisha today where sellers were sensitized on the functionalities and effectiveness of @GeM_India portal and how it is helping in social inclusion. An interactive session with the sellers was also organised on the occasion. pic.twitter.com/ia9r9ADX4k
— PIB in Odisha (@PIBBhubaneswar) September 20, 2022
An interactive session with the sellers has also been organized today wherein the sellers shared their experiences on GeM. “I have left a prestigious job and pursue my dream of becoming an entrepreneur. I have launched my startups and currently supplying education materials all over the country. In my journey, GeM helped a lot,” Pragyan Priyadarshini Chinara, a seller said.
Pragyan Chinara, a seller shared her experience of @GeM_India. Leaving a prestigious job, she launched her #Startup and presently supplying educational materials through #GeM all over #India.#GeMSamvad @CimGOI @PIB_India @PiyushGoyalOffc @startupindia @DoC_GoI @_DigitalIndia pic.twitter.com/PVxGqevbt5
— PIB in Odisha (@PIBBhubaneswar) September 20, 2022
During the Seller Samvad, another seller Mr. Priyabrat, shared his experience about GeM and said that it has provided a transparent and hassle free platform to do business and grow. “GeM has added a glitter to my business. It is on a tremendous growth path. GeM has not only worked as a tremendous tool to eradicate corruption but also abolishes the middle-men practice,” he said.
During the #GeMSellerSamvad at #Bhubaneswar, Mr. Priyabrat, a seller shared his experience about @GeM_India. He said #GeM gives a transparent & hassle free platform to do business and grow.@PiyushGoyal @CimGOI @DoC_GoI @_DigitalIndia @PIB_India @DDOdiaNews @airnews_cuttack pic.twitter.com/ALHnU07u5j
— PIB in Odisha (@PIBBhubaneswar) September 20, 2022
It can be mentioned here that ever since the inception of GeM, it has grown by leap and bounds. As per data, in Odisha alone, there are 1,11,931 registered vendors on GeM, which includes State Government, State PSUs, Central Government, Central PSUs among others. Total 15,323 MSME vendors from Odisha have been registered on GeM out of which 2,557 are women MSME vendors.
This is the fifth day of such Seller Samvad being organized by GeM across the country. Today, apart from Bhubaneswar, the Seller Sambads have been organized simultaneously at Patna and Ahmedabad. The aim of the Seller Samvad is to popularize the GeM portal while improving its service delivery by getting feedbacks and suggestions from its users.
Government e Marketplace (GeM), the National Public Procurement Portal of the country is an end-to-end online Marketplace for the procurement of goods and services. It was launched on August 9, 2016, as part of the vision of the Hon’ble Prime Minister. GeM is known for redefining public procurement and has been able to bring about radical changes in the way procurement was done by Government buyers and public sector undertakings. GeM is contactless, paperless, and cashless and stands on three pillars viz. efficiency, transparency, and inclusivity.
It is noteworthy that GeM has surpassed the milestone of INR 1 Lakh Crore of procurement value, in a single fiscal year in FY 21-22. Cumulatively, GeM has facilitated over 1 Crore transactions valued at over INR 3.02 Lakh Crore. This has only been possible with the support of all stakeholders including buyers and sellers across the country.
Since its inception, GeM has been steadily growing with new product buy testosterone gel and service categories being added constantly. Currently, there are about 300 service categories and over 10000+ product categories available on GeM. These categories feature around 44 lakhs catalogues of product and service offerings. Further, GeM is an evolving platform and relentlessly works towards adding new features and functionalities to the portal. In line with this principle, approximately 2000 minor and 460+ major functionalities have been introduced in the last 24 months.
NHAI organised a day-long stakeholder consultation workshop on Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) based tolling in India. The objective of the workshop was to seek input and suggestion from various industry experts and stakeholders on different aspects of the GNSS-based tolling system. The workshop will help strategise and design the future roadmap for free-flow tolling system in India based on GNSS technology.
Various stakeholders including relevant government departments, ISRO, NIC, and industry players such as Vehicle Manufacturers, AIS-140 On-Board Unit (OBU) manufacturers, Global GNSS service providers, Banks, Payment Aggregators/Gateway Service providers were invited for deliberations on GNSS based tolling system. Sessions and presentations were held with consultants & industry experts on global best practices for GNSS based tolling, discussions were held on the findings of the pilot carried out by NHAI on Delhi – Mumbai corridor and various aspects of GNSS architecture, payment settlement process, proposed enforcement measures and discussion on legal framework requirements were also discussed.
Speaking on the occasion Shri Giridhar Aramane, Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways said that “The stakeholder consultation is important to discuss various issues involved in GNSS based tolling deployment and seeking suggestions. We have to ensure that the process of toll collection is seamless. To achieve this objective, we need to have a technology framework that will enable us to operate in an efficient way, is economical and acceptable to various stakeholders.”
In her address NHAI Chairperson Smt. Alka Upadhyaya said, “We are pleased to organize this session and deliberate with stakeholders on what could be the likely way forward on deployment of GNSS based tolling in India. This session will help us to get inputs from the experts who have come from other parts of the world and will help us to address various challenges that we may face in planning and rollout of GNSS based tolling across the country.”
In the proposed GNSS technology-based tolling system, the NH stretch will be geo-fenced and shall consist of virtual tolling points. Whenever a vehicle fitted with GNSS OBU shall pass through this virtual tolling points, information on distance travelled will be calculated based on satellite signals from multi-constellation such as NaVIC, GPS etc. and applicable fee shall be computed by the central GNSS software system and deducted from the users’ bank account linked to the OBU.
National Mission for Clean Ganga in association with the APAC News Network organised the 9th edition of the monthly webinar series ‘Igniting Young Minds, Rejuvenating Rivers’. The theme of this edition was ‘Rainwater Harvesting’. The session was presided over by the Director General, National Mission for Clean Ganga, Shri G. Asok Kumar. The panelists of the webinar included Dr. Bhanu Pratap Singh, Vice Chancellor, Maharishi University of Information Technology, Lucknow; Dr. Venkataramana Chitimini Reddy, Vice Chancellor, KK University, Bihar; Dr. Rajesh Naithani, Pro Vice Chancellor, Himalayan University, Dehradun; Dr. Manjula Jain, Associate Dean Academics, Teerthanker Mahaveer University, Moradabad and Shri Ramveer Tanwar, the Pond Man of India and an Expert of Rainwater Harvesting.
Highlighting the sheer need to ignite young minds about the significance of rainwater harvesting, Director General, National Mission for Clean Ganga, Shri G. Asok Kumar said that the tradition of respecting water should be revived in our consciousness.
Recalling the ‘Catch the Rain’ campaign, with tagline ‘Catch the Rain’, where it falls, when it falls’, implemented by him, as Managing Director, National Water Mission, Shri Asok Kumar said that it was launched by the Prime Minister on the occasion of World Water Day on 22nd March 2021 in the virtual presence of over a crore people, including sarpanches from all across the country. This, perhaps, was the world’s biggest launch of any water conservation campaign. “Over 47 lakh rainwater harvesting structures were constructed in the country and several ponds were identified and revived among other water bodies. “Around 500 Jal Kendras were also established as part of the campaign,” he added. The stakeholders were nudged to create appropriate Rainwater Harvesting Structures suitable to the climatic conditions and subsoil strata before monsoon, he noted.
Mentioning about the integrated concept of conserving rainwater and preserving heritage, he talked about the traditional water harvesting structures- Stepwells, in the country. He said that stepwells are excellent pieces of architecture and must be preserved for ensuring a sustainable future for us all. ‘Not merely the construction, but also the maintenance of the rainwater harvesting structures is of utmost importance’, he said. He also emphasized that for the successful implementation of the Namami Gange Mission, there’s a need to make the Jal Andolan, a Jan Andolan. He said that there is an urgent need for the younger generation to take up the mantle of water conservation and appealed to the leading educators to make sure that “not a drop of water goes away from their campuses”. Congratulating everyone on the occasion of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, he called for ‘Har Ghar Rainwater Harvesting’ campaign in line with ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’.
Sharing his insights about the challenges and solutions as regards rainwater harvesting, Shri Ramveer Tanveer, the Pond Man of India, talked about the issues of Direct Garbage dumping, encroachments and multi-inlets, thereby also elaborating the technologies of Bio-remediation, Aqua culture, aeration and phyto-remediation for the redressal. Through a presentation he depicted the before-after changes at various ponds’ sights in the country. ‘The initiatives like ‘SelfieWithPond’ and ‘NatureWalk’ have done wonders to arouse the consciousness of people about conservation of ponds, and thus the water conservation’, he said.
He emphasized the importance of biodiversity and said that the main difference between a natural water body and an artificial water body is the healthy presence of biodiversity in the former. He said that community participation is central to make any public programme a success.
Speaking about the significance of conservation of water, Dr. Bhanu Pratap Singh mentioned that Tamil Nadu is the first state in the country to make Rainwater Harvesting, compulsory. He said to prevent the loss of water and resources, we all must act judiciously as regards its usage in our daily lives.
Dr. V. Chitimini Reddy talked about the importance of community participation in successful implementation of any large scale campaign, while Dr. Rajesh Naithani emphasized the idea of adding a unique parameter in ranking of the educational institutions in the country – the Sustainability Factor, which would ensure the practice of conservation of environment, especially water conservation, in the setup.
Dr. Manjula Jain discussed the concept of ‘Water Budget’, the associated University was implementing in the direction of water conservation, and said that we all have a great role to play in such a noble cause of preserving water, and thus in the existence of humanity in itself! ‘It takes a lot of blue to stay green’, she added.