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Panda P.,Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology | Sahu G.,California State University, Monterey Bay | Gupta B.,California State University, Monterey Bay | Muthyala V.,Government of Andhra Pradesh
ACM International Conference Proceeding Series | Year: 2014

The turn of century saw ICT technologies making inroads into our lives. The governments world over are trying to use this medium for reaching out to their citizenry. This migration has been partly driven by transparency, efficiency and wider-access related benefits accrued by automation of government functions. E-Government Procurement (E-GP) is one such area which has drawn attention of politicians and researchers equally. However, studies bring out that E-GP project like any other e-Governance project has 70% chances of failure. Studies also underline that success of any E-GP system among other things, is affected by national culture, project environment (E-Readiness, IT literacy level and technological evolution) and regulatory framework which govern public procurement in a country. Indian government having realized the transparency and efficiency related benefits of E-GP system initiated an aggressive campaign to ensure its speedier implementation through National E-Governance Programme (NeGP) which was launched in 2006. However, recent review by Government of India (GoI) brought out that E-GP usage in the country has been less than satisfactory. In above perspective, this paper aims to undertake Template Analysis of stage-wise importance of 11 Critical Success Factors (CSF) (reported in literature) in E-GP project outcome in Indian context. For covering large landscape of E-GP implementation in India, two representative systems i.e. those implemented by Government of Andhra Pradesh and National Informatics Corporation were selected. The study concludes that out of 11 CSFs, five CSFs are not important at stage 2 of E-GP project evolution, while all 11 CSFs contribute to E-GP project success at Stage 3 and 4. Copyright 2014 ACM.

Fishman R.M.,Columbia University | Siegfried T.,Hydrosolutions GmbH | Raj P.,Government of Andhra Pradesh | Modi V.,Columbia University | Lall U.,Columbia University
Water Resources Research | Year: 2011

The excessive exploitation of groundwater aquifers is emerging as a worldwide problem, but it is nowhere as dramatic and consequential as it is in India, the world's largest consumer, where hundreds of millions of people depend on it. Usually the problem is framed in terms of a long-term decline in water tables and its consequence for extraction costs, resource depletion, and the sustainability of irrigated agriculture. Here a comparative analysis is provided of coupled groundwater, energy, and irrigation dynamics in two groundwater intensive regions in India that differ in their underlying hydrogeologythe Indian Punjab with its deep alluvial aquifers and the Telangana region in south-central India with its shallow hard rock aquifers. Using a simple modeling framework and piezometric and agricultural time series, we show that in shallow aquifers the sense in which extraction is excessive is different, and is related to the short-term reliability of water supply rather than long-term sustainability. This has important repercussions for irrigated agricultural economies. Copyright 2011 by the American Geophysical Union.

Rama Lakshmi C.S.,Government of Andhra Pradesh
Indian Silk | Year: 2012

With the availability of castor and tapioca, the food plants for eri culture in abundance, in the dry lands of Andhra Pradesh, and adequate additional returns it fetches along with main crops, eri culture has been receiving due thrust for promotion by the government. A study undertaken to ascertain the cocoon yield, comparative economics and potentials to enhance the income of the farmers supports the scope for further augmentation of the efforts. Presented here is an insight into the present scenario and the strategies to develop eri culture in dry land areas of the state.

Hanumanthu R.C.,Sri Venkateswara University | Sreenivasulu P.,Government of Andhra Pradesh
International Journal of Earth Sciences and Engineering | Year: 2013

In view of the extensive occurrence of black granite deposits in Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh an attempt is made in this paper to study the geology and resource evaluation of black granites for dimensional stone. Geologically the black granites are dyke rocks. The dykes are linear, tabular, vertical to sub vertical, occur in clusters and swing in their trends along strike. The petrographic studies classified the dykes of the study area into Gabbro and Dolerite dykes with quartz and micropegmatites. Geological studies have revealed that the study area samples were derived from common tholeiitic magma through variable degree of fractional crystallization. The various geological parameters that fluctuate the commercial quality and quantity of DSBG have been given special reference. The price index, resource and revenue potential, rate of recovery and other evaluation techniques are also highlighted. © 2013 CAFET-INNOVA TECHNICAL SOCIETY. All rights reserved.

Jonnalagada S.,Blue Peter Public Health and Research Center | Harries A.D.,International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease The Union | Harries A.D.,London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine | Zachariah R.,Medecins Sans Frontieres | And 8 more authors.
BMC Public Health | Year: 2011

Background: India has 2.0 million estimated tuberculosis (TB) cases per annum with an estimated 280,000 TB-related deaths per year. Understanding when in the course of TB treatment patients die is important for determining the type of intervention to be offered and crucially when this intervention should be given. The objectives of the current study were to determine in a large cohort of TB patients in India:- i) treatment outcomes including the number who died while on treatment, ii) the month of death and iii) characteristics associated with "early" death, occurring in the initial 8 weeks of treatment. Methods. This was a retrospective study in 16 selected Designated Microscopy Centres (DMCs) in Hyderabad, Krishna and Adilabad districts of Andhra Pradesh, South India. A review was performed of treatment cards and medical records of all TB patients (adults and children) registered and placed on standardized anti-tuberculosis treatment from January 2005 to September 2009. Results: There were 8,240 TB patients (5183 males) of whom 492 (6%) were known to have died during treatment. Case-fatality was higher in those previously treated (12%) and lower in those with extra-pulmonary TB (2%). There was an even distribution of deaths during anti-tuberculosis treatment, with 28% of all patients dying in the first 8 weeks of treatment. Increasing age and new as compared to recurrent TB disease were significantly associated with "early death". Conclusion: In this large cohort of TB patients, deaths occurred with an even frequency throughout anti-TB treatment. Reasons may relate to i) the treatment of the disease itself, raising concerns about drug adherence, quality of anti-tuberculosis drugs or the presence of undetected drug resistance and ii) co-morbidities, such as HIV/AIDS and diabetes mellitus, which are known to influence mortality. More research in this area from prospective and retrospective studies is needed. © 2011 Jonnalagada et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

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