January 2011

“Right to information project will be fully operational in KarnataKa from april 2011”

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What is the progress on implementation of State Mission Mode   Project (MMPs) in Karnataka?

Karnataka has been way ahead in implementing Mission Mode projects, well  before Government of India formulated MMPs. The land records project  Bhoomi, the treasury project Khazane, the stamps and registration project  Kaveri and the municipal property tax collection project Aasthi are some such examples. Besides, the revenue department’s UPRO project for Accurate  Updated Ownership Records of urban area was implemented in the state quite ahead of others.

In addition, Karnataka launched several new projects at its departments, including Rural Development and Panchayath Raj, Panchathantra, which deals  with the computerisation of gram panchayaths; Commercial Tax department’s  e-Sugam which deals with collection of commercial taxes; Transport  Department’s Smart Card project; and Police Department’s Intelligent Traffic  Management and Enforcement project.

What have been the state’s key  achievements in implementing e-Governance projects in G2C, G2B, G2G  categories in
2010?

One of the key achievements is the rapid adoption of e-Procurement project in the government-to-business category by various state departments. The state  government is making all its procurements transparently through electronic  media, under this project. Even though it started in six establishments on a  pilot basis, during the last two-and-a-half years, this scheme had been extended  to 86 departments, by the end of November 2010. Procurement to  the tune of `47,000 crore is made through this platform. As the platform has  encouraged competitive spirit among the bidders, increased participation  resulting in savings of more than 10 percent. With this, the expenditure for the  state exchequer got reduced by `4,700 crore. As it is a Web-based application,  anybody can participate without any hindrance. As a result more than 10,000  users have registered for it. The project bagged Futuregov Award 2010 for best  practices in Asia’s public sector during the year.

Human Resource Management System (HRMS) comes second in the  achievement list, in the government-to-government category. The project that  started with assistance from World Bank has achieved increased progress during the last two-and-a-half years. About 19,200 drawing and disbursing  officers are able to disburse the salaries to government officials working under  their control using the electronic media. Besides, the service registers of all the  employees have also been updated. Because of this, government employees  who are retiring will be receiving their retirement benefits on the day of  retirement itself in the days to come. This scheme has been extended to several  corporations and boards. The Government of Andhra Pradesh is in consultation with the Karnataka State Government for implementing this scheme.

Serving as the front end for the delivery of services in the government- to-citizen and government-to-business categories, Bangalore One is another  project that was started with an idea of providing all the services under a single roof. With an intention of starting a center for each ward, 30 centres have  started functioning, aggregating the total to 63 in the Bangalore city. The  centres provides around 40 odd services like payment of all bills and  revaluation of PUC marks. A transaction of `6 crore has taken place during this  year. Bangalore One has won several awards and recently bagged ‘National Web Ratna 2009’award.

Karnataka One is yet another key state project in the G2C and G2B categories.  Chief Minister of Karnataka had inaugurated Shimoga One centre on heralding  the Karnataka One Scheme on the model of Bangalore One centres. Continuing  this tempo, 32 Karnataka One centres have been established at tier 2 cities of
the state covering Hubli-Dharwad, Belgaum, Bellary, Mysore, Mangalore,  Davanagere, Gulbarga and Tumkur.

“the rapid adoption of e-procurement project in the g2b category has reduced expenditure for the state exchequer by `4,700 crore”

Inaugurated on October 8, 2010, Aadhar (UID) is a unique project which intends to give unique identity numbers to all  the 6 crore residents of the state. For the first time in the country two districts Mysore and Tumkur have been  considered simultaneously for the project and 5 lakh residents have already  been registered under this scheme. The response from the residents is highly  encouraging. With the implementation of this scheme, it is expected that public services will reach those for whom these are intended, in the most systematic manner.

What programmes and projects
will be the focus of your state in 2011?

Among many others, the Right to Information project is being implemented  with an intention of furnishing the information to citizens, who can apply for the  same under the RTI Act through call centres or Bangalore One and Karnataka One centres or the state web portal. The project will be fully  operational from April 2011.

Under the Planning Department, in order to implement various plans and  schemes of different departments in districts and talukas, information will be  collected in a time frame through the Internet. A management information system (MIS) is also being developed. This project will come into force from  April 2011.

Then there is State Service Delivery Gateway (SSDG). The main intention of this  project is to provide anywhere and everywhere services to citizens. All services  and forms will be made available through the Internet to citizens,  avoiding their frequent trips to offices. An amount of `5 crore is provided for  this project and it will come into force from June 2011.

The Stamps and Registration Services project is to be executed by March 2011.  Marriage certifi- cates, encumbrance certificates and sale deeds will be made  available to the public through Bangalore One centres electronically. Around  eight lakh records have been computerised for this purpose.

Coming into effect from June 2011, the Karnataka Residents Data Hub project  intends to have the consolidated information of all the citizens who are availing  these benefits. This will help the government in evaluating not only the  progress of the project but also extending the benefits to the real beneficiaries.

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