Thursday, July 21, 2011

DR. C.P. Joshi Releases National Register and National Transport Portal

Dr. C.P. Joshi, the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways released the “National Register” and “National Transport Portal” at a function organized by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways here today. He also unveiled the SCOSTA Compliant unified design of Smart card based DLs and RCs designed by the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad and all the State Transport departments were asked to use the same for generation of Smart card  based DLs/RCs. The Ministers of State for Road Transport and Highways Dr. Tusharbhai Chaudhary and Shri Jitin Prasada, Secretary of M/o RT&H Shri A. K. Upadhyaya and Director General of National Informatrics Centre (NIC) Dr. V.K. Gairola were present. The Transport Ministers and Secretaries of many States were present on the occasion.

Congratulating the officers of M/o RT&H and NIC for developing National Register- a Centralized Database for Driving Licence and Registration Certificate, Dr. Joshi hoped that it will provide transparent citizen centric services. He opined that “Sarathi”- a one stop solution to Licensing and “Vahan”- an ICT based solution for vehicle registration will be of great help to the people of our country. He also complimented NID, Ahmedabad for designing the visual designs of RCs and DLs.

Dr. Joshi expressed his concern that most of the population of our country are still deprived of Information Technology facilities. He said that the Transport Portal can work efficiently only when it’s benefits reach the common man. He called upon the people to try for abolition of brokership in transport authorities. The Minister stressed on the linkage between DTOs and RTOs through NIC for better functioning.

In his address Shri Tusharbhai Chaudhary said that this portal will curb the malpractices on Transport Authority offices. He expressed his satisfaction that one can avail these facilities any time and any where in the country. Shri Jitin Prasada in his address said that this portal is the result of 10 years hard labour of concerned officers of MORT&H and NIC. He hoped that the portal will definitely reduce the rush at Transport Authorities. The Secretary, M/o RT&H Shri A.K. Upadhyaya hoped that the various services related to Motor vehicles would be simplified with such a useful portal. DG, NIC Dr. V.K. Gairola gave a description of how this useful software was developed by the dedicated NIC officials.

National Register has been created from State Register under Transport Project to act as a central repository for all crucial information related to RC and DL. Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has been facilitating computerization of about 975 Road Transport Offices (RTOs) across the country. RC & DL issued by RTOs  are valid across the country. It was necessary to define same standards for these documents on a pan-India level to ensure interoperability and correctness and timely availability of information. SCOSTA Committee set up for the purpose had recommended a uniform standardized software across the country. Ministry entrusted NIC  the task  to standardize and deploy the software viz. “VAHAN” for vehicle Registration  and “SARATHI” for Driving License and compilation  of data with respect to Vehicle Registration and Driving Licenses of all the states in State Register  and National Register.  Like National Register, State Register has been created to act as centralized  database at State level for all the RTOs of the particular state. 

VAHAN & SARATHI are conceptualized  to capture  the functionalities as mandated by Central Motor Vehicle Act, 1988 as well as State  motor vehicle Rules with customizaion in the core product to suit the requirements of all the States and UTs. VAHAN and SARATHI  is successfully customized and implemented in 33 States/UTs.

National Register has been established at NIC Data Centre, Hyderabad. It’s architecture has been designed for high availability, reliability and scalability. It will also act as a database backup for  State Register and is connected through high availability NIC Network(NICNET) bandwidth. This supports the real time data replication from State Register to National Register.

National Transport Portal has been designed and developed by NIC. It aims to deliver G2G, G2C, G2B services related to Vehicle Registration and Driving License from National Register. It also aims to provide “Anywhere Anytime Basis Services” to various stakeholders as well as citizen at large.

Launch of National Register and National Transport Portal will enable the  Ministry of Road Transport and Highways  to provide various  benefits to all stakeholders such as ;

·        Improved quality of services
·        Improved law abidance
·        Reduced turn-around time of various G2G, G3C, G2B services
·        Anytime Anywhere basis services viz:

1.      Online Application submission for issuance of Learner License or Driving License
2.      Online Payment of Tax and other fees related to vehicle registration and Date
3.      Status Tracking of various application related to RC/DL
4.      Application for issuance of National Goods Permit
5.      Application for endorsement of Name, Address etc on DL/RC

·        One Time document submission
·        Availability of hassle free services
·        Availability  of MIS for decision making
·        Quick and easy availability of Information to other govt. department
·        Quick and easy tracking  of stolen vehicles
·        Easy detection of malpractices
·        Quick and easy availability of information related to tax due date, fitness due date, DLs/RCs renewal due date etc.
·        Sharing of relevant information with insurance companies, banks etc.

Launch of National Register will also help Ministry of Road Transport & Highways as well as State Transport Departments for  implementation of various other mode of service delivery viz. Dealer Point Registration, services on mobile phone etc.

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