Sunday, May 8, 2011

National Portal of India - e-Newsletter, May 2011

Children are on summer holidays. Hence, May is an ideal month to plan long trips. It's the best time for venturing out to new places, especially hill stations.

The most sacred Buddhist festival is observed in May. Buddha Purnima, also known as Buddha Jayanti, is celebrated across the country to mark birth anniversary of Lord Buddha.

We at the National Portal of India assure you to keep providing with a unique gateway to your every need related to India and its diverse facets. Our constant endeavour is to make your visit to the Portal a more fulfilling experience.

We wish to get your kind support as we have been receiving so far. Do write to us, if you have any suggestions or feedback.


India Census 2011: The Indian Census is a credible source of statistical information on different characteristics of the citizens since 1872. It provides a snapshot of the country's population and housing at a given point of time. Our next Spotlight brings to you various aspects of the biggest Census drive including its historical background, importance, new features including fresh categories, Census in schools, mascot of an enumerator, Census data, National Population Register (NPR), manuals/circulars/schedules of the drive, general information on Census, National Population Policy 2000, photo gallery and old Census drives etc.

  What's new

This section highlights the latest changes or updates in the portal.

Revamped Sectors: This section brings together for you a thorough compendium of information on various Ministries and Departments of the Government of India. With new data being sourced and added on a regular basis, this section and its sub-sections now come adorned with the latest information/data from all quarters of the central government.

Recent Documents, Reports & Publications: You will now be able to view the latest and the most recent available documents issued, reports published and announcements made by different ministries. This will help you to remain in the know-how of the progress being made, as well as lend a transparency to the functioning of the authorities.

New Welfare Schemes: Do visit our individual sectors, dedicated to various departments of the Indian Government, to keep yourself abreast regarding various new welfare schemes announced and projects launched. This section will give you a thorough insight of the various facilities made available by the government for providing aid to those in need.

Choose Your Theme: Now, the National Portal of India has some bright and colorful themes, making India portal more personalised. You may choose any one of them to lend the homepage a unique and personalised touch and may like to make it your homepage too.

People Groups: Get a wide range of information based on target audience like Government Employees, Importers and Exporters, Indian Diaspora etc. Content has been specifically classified on the basis of stages of the life cycle i.e specific content for Kids, Students, Senior Citizens and many more.

Rate the Services: To make your visit to the portal more fulfilling, now you will be able to rate how useful the content is to you and how easily you may access the pages, apart from sharing your views and comments.

Special Interest Groups

Nagar Palikas (Municipal Bodies): Municipal Corporations or Councils are responsible for providing essential services to the citizens in urban areas. Our forthcoming SIG speaks of the organisational structure, roles and functions of municipalities, apart from listing various Services offered by the local bodies to people.

How Do I?

  • Unique ID: Visit the portal to check status of your Aadhaar Unique Identification with the enrollment number, data and time provided by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).

  • MGNREGA: Find detailed information of the workers involved in the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGA) in different parts of the country. The details of a worker can be accessed by entering his/her job card number.

  • Electronic Payment of Central Excise and Service Tax: E-payment of Central Excise and Service Tax is an additional mode of payment in addition to the conventional methods offered by the banks to their customers. Avail the service through the NPI.


The National Informatics Centre (NIC), in accordance with the Department of Administrative reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), has developed a set of guidelines i.e. Guidelines for Indian Government Websites (GIGW) that address the entire lifecycle of a website, web portal/application right from its conceptualization to design, development, maintenance and management of Government websites.

Workshops on GIGW

Half day training program for NIC Web coordinators organized on 19th April 2011 at NIC (HQ), New Delhi.


Celebrations become dearer when we have the well wishes of our loved ones. Share your heartfelt feelings with our e-cards on eve of the Buddha Jayanti and summer vacation.

Latest Government Press Releases Get information about the latest government press releases in Hindi as well as English on our press releases page.

The Photo Gallery section enables you to view photographs of the latest events and functions held by the government.

You may also fill in this e-form to subscribe to the Press Informatics Bureau (PIB) Press Releases of selected Government Departments.

Did You Know?

You can now apply online for changes/corrections in PAN data..

Look through our How Do I? Section for details about this and other online services designed to bring the Indian Government closer to its citizens.

Newly launched/revamped Government websites

The following are some of the Government websites that have been launched/ revamped recently:

To know more on recently launched websites, do visit GOI Web Directory.
Forward this newsletter to your contacts to notify them about the latest activities of the Government. Register yourself with portal to always be the first person to learn about new happenings.
You can also view the Visitor Summary report for the National Portal of India.

Do write to us about other features that you would like to see introduced on this portal. We always welcome views and suggestions of our readers.

Hope your visit to the National Portal of India is an engaging and useful experience. Wishing you all very Happy New Year.

This is a monthly newsletter sent to you by the National Portal of India.


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