Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Canada may dole out iPads to its bureaucrats to save paper costs

iPads are yet to be officially launched in India, but governments of western countries wish to dole it out to their bureaucrats mainly to cut cost on paper and printings. After several American cities had given iPads to municipal officials to replace printed documents, the federal government of Canada is now mulling offering iPads to bureaucrats, Toronto Sun reported.
For the pilot project, about 20 treasury board workers in Canada have been using the high-tech device. Even in India, a number of Parliamentarians and businessmen have imported this device from the West. The iPad is the first tablet computer developed by Apple Inc, and it is part of a device category between a smart-phone and a laptop computer.
In Canada, the iPads, not laptops, were picked for the pilot project because they are lightweight and user-friendly in addition to having a long-lasting battery. It also allows the user for easy note-taking. It’s estimated that if Ottawa’s roughly 6,743 high-level bureaucrats are given this device, it would save the exchequer about $7 million, but the use of the iPad could save about $700 per person per year, said the Toronto Sun report.
Google is getting ready its own tablet computer to rival Apple’s iPads.

Action and Appointments
a) A Delhi Court refused to grant bail to suspended 1994 batch West Bengal cadre IAS officer Ravi Inder Singh who is accused of passing official information from MHA. He was a director in the home ministry when he was detained by police.
b) The Andhra Pradesh government’s move to select state senior officials for the promotion to the Indian Administrative Service may kick off a controversy as there are allegations that the selection process is not fair. The state government have reportedly finalized a list of 15 officers for three IAS posts.

1 comment:

  1. But don't say it will work that way in India too. Here, you will use iPad and also the printers!