The Government of Maharashtra is planning to set up around 9,000 kiosks across the state on a build, operate, own and transfer (BOOT) basis to mark the year 2008 as the 'Year of IT and e-governance'.
These kiosks will offer government services like land records, various licenses getting cast or domicile certificates, filing of VAT return, payment of motor vehicle tax, and enrollment forms for the state government's pension scheme for the old and destitute. The operators, who will run these kiosks will be allowed to collect user charges to recover their investment. To monitor these kiosks, the government is planning to install the virtual government office in every small town. Meanwhile, as a part of the e-governance initiative, the state government has also connected all 358 taluka headquarters and 35 district headquarters with Mantralaya using broadband connections.
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