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Using Technology to Enhance Image of Uttar Pradesh

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Committed to improve government service delivery like registration of property and marriages, the Government of Uttar Pradesh has embarked upon many ambitious projects to upgrade not only the quality of services but also improving the image of the state by adopting modern technology, says Nand Gopal Gupta, Minister of Stamp and Civil Aviation, Government of Uttar Pradesh, in an interview with Arpit Gupta of Elets News Network (ENN).

Nand Gopal Gupta

Nand Gopal Gupta, Minister of Stamp and Civil Aviation, Government of Uttar Pradesh

What is your plan of action for implementation of ICT in the Stamps & Registration Department of Uttar Pradesh Government?

The Stamps and Registration Department is one of the important departments of the Government of Uttar Pradesh, which generates the second largest amount of revenue to the state. Citizens are directly connected with its services; hence adoption of modern, online and advanced technologies would not only upgrade the quality of service but also improve the image of the state.

We are currently working on a very ambitious project called PRERNA (Property Evaluation & Registration Application), which has been specially designed to reorient the Stamps and Registration Department towards 100 percent automation in the registration process and speedy delivery of registered documents to the citizens of Uttar Pradesh. The purpose of PRERNA is to computerise the registration process in the state of Uttar Pradesh, in such a manner that the day-to-day activities of property registration can be streamlined.

More than 40,000 lakh registries happen in a year in the state and nearly 2.5 crore people visit the registrar office in their area. The online system has been designed to eliminate the maladies affecting the conventional registration system by introducing electronic delivery of all registration services. This software will facilitate the citizens in a big way that they need to visit the registrar office for biometric verification only. Submission of documents and purchase of stamps can be done online.

Please explain how the marriage registration process has become easier with the introduction of e-Parinaypatra in the state?

Marriage registration certificates are issued by the Stamps and Registration Department, Government of Uttar Pradesh to both husband and wife whose marriage has already been solemnised. It is a very simple, unique and first of its kind registration system in the country, where registrants get the marriage certificate online without going to the marriage registrar’s office after their details are authenticated through Aadhaar.

In e-Parinaypatra, the registrant has to apply online through departmental website http://igrsup.gov.in. In this process the details of husband and wife (like name, age, fathers name, address, email, mobile no. and photograph) are captured using Aadhaar. Online payment of registration fee is done though net banking. After the successful payment, marriage registration certificate in Hindi and English is sent to the registrants email/login instantly.

Which all cities will be covered under UDAN scheme in Uttar Pradesh and what is the roadmap to strengthen air-connectivity?

Under the Central government’s ambitious scheme Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN), the state government had decided to develop new airports in 12 major cities of the state under Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS). Airports in Agra and Kanpur came up in the first phase. Under the second phase of RCS – UDAN, development of airport will take place in 10 cities — Allahabad, Aligarh, Azamgarh, Bareilly, Chitrakoot, Hindon, Jhansi, Moradabad, Sonbhadra and Shravasti.

For air connectivity, two years ago, there were only three airports functional in the state. Today, along with these airports, we have functional airports in Prayagraj, Agra and Kanpur. The government is also developing the Jewar International Airport which is expected to have an annual passenger handling capacity of 60 lakh when it opens by March 2023.

What are the incentives being offered under UP Civil Aviation Promotion Policy?

In a bid to provide alternative and faster transport from far-flung places to state capital Lucknow and to give impetus to regional connectivity, the state government has drafted a Civil Aviation Promotion Policy under which certain incentives will be extended to the airlines which will operate in these cities. These include reimbursement of state GST on tickets for the next three years, no parking charges or night halt charges of aircraft at government-run airports and other concessions.

The government has decided to provide minimum land, if required, free of cost and free from all encumbrance for development of RCS airports. Government will also provide ambulance and medical facilities, bus connectivity with the nearby main city at RCS airports and publicity support for RCS routes.

Security and fire services free of cost will be provided at RCS airports through appropriately trained personnel and standard equipment. Besides electricity, water and other utility services will be provided to airline operators at concessional rates.

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