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e-Governance in Indian state draws accolades

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The department of treasuries in the Indian state Karnataka, which ushered in an accountable system of financial transactions by starting an online project in November 2002, added another feather to its cap recently. Three years ago it took 45 to 60 days for the government to complete compilation of accounts. But today it takes not more than three days with this e-Governance initiative 'Khajane'.

Its Khajane project won the Union government's silver icon e-Governance initiative award in the 'Outstanding performance in service delivery-professional category' at the ninth conference on e-Governance in Kochi on February 2. Khajane is a G2G (government to government) service wherein all the district and taluk treasuries are networked for online delivery of services. The architecture involves 216 treasuries connected to a central server through VSAT connectivity. Salaries of more than seven lakh government employees are paid through the system every month. Besides, 3.73 lakh pensioners and 14 lakh social security pensioners are also benefited through it. As the software covers all 21,274 drawing and disbursing officers of 104 government departments, it has resulted in redeployment of manpower and better cash management.

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