Karnataka will soon become the first state in India to decentralise its administrative works to the grassroots level, as the state government will launch Rural Digital Service (RDS) titled 'Nemmadi' in 800 hoblis on October 1.
These 'Tele Centres' will deliver around 37 government services, functioning as virtual offices, bringing the citizen closer to government transactions. The centres will also facilitate a range of private services to rural citizens, including the likes of sale of mobile phones, sale of insurance, access to exam results, etc. Transaction cost for interacting with the Government will be a maximum of Rs 15. The cost will also gradually decrease, with the services increasing. The centres will be a one-stop shop for rural citizens to connect with the outside world. 25 Tele Centres will be set up by October 1, another 225 by November 1 and the remaining Centres in a phased manner by January 31, 2007. The Education department also proposes to use these village Tele Centres for delivery of computer-aided education under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan programme to primary and higher primary school children.