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Delhi Govt’s eServices to come for a price

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E-governanceThe Delhi Government is soon going to charge fees – between Rs 50 and Rs 500 – for some of its eGovernance services, including issuing different certificates online.

About two months ago, the Revenue Department of the Delhi Government launched its eDistricts project, under which the certificates are issued and delivered online. The Department issued an order fixing the user charges for different certificates. The order is likely to come into force by the end of this month.

While income, domicile, birth, caste, lal dora and surviving member certificates will cost Rs 50, marriage and solvency certificates can be obtained for Rs 350 and Rs 500, respectively.

A senior official said, “Efforts are on to integrate the payment gateway of the eDistrict portal with the State Bank of India. The discussions are in an advanced stage and it is likely to become operational by November-end.”

Officials believe that people won’t mind paying the extra cost because the facility would make the process convenient and transparent.

According to one of the officials, “Earlier, people would run from pillar to post for the certificates, often being fleeced by touts. But after the launch of the project around two months back, people could apply sitting at home. The certificates are also delivered online and the documentation process for this is also being simplified. The number of affidavits required for it is also being reduced.

However, death certificates and disability certificates will not be charged for.

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