Sakaala to spread wings; to include 70 more services

Sakaala to spread wings; to include 70 more services

As many as 70 more government services are presently under evaluation for their inclusion under Sakaala.

With Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda giving a thumbs up for the Sakaala Mission for its “successful” run in the last three months, and nudging it to add more services under the scheme, the Mission officials have busied themselves in co-ordinating with the various government departments.

They are encouraging them to come on board and already six more departments are readying themselves to offer services under Sakaala.

Gowda, who chaired a review meeting of Sakaala on Saturday, expressed satisfaction over the work done so far.

He said there was an increase in the demand for bringing more services under Sakaala and urged the officials concerned to achieve this.

He said the service delivery had increased and public grievances had come down considerably. The reduction in the receipt of applications during Janaspandana, for instance, is being attributed to the success of Sakaala.

The applications received under Janaspandana were 1,560 between January and March, while it was 1,260 between April and June.

Widely accepted

Gowda said more than 85 per cent of the government employees had welcomed Sakaala contributing to its “success”. He said Sakaala had increased the revenue flow. He also endorsed the Mission’s objective to enable the receipt of applications online.

According to officials, a 61 per cent jump in the receipt of applications has been recorded in June (25 lakh), as compared to May (15 lakh). The number of applications has touched a record of 54 lakh within three months since Sakaala’s inception.

While Chitradurga has received the highest number of applications, that is 4,652, Chikkaballapur and Uttara Kannada stood second and third, having received 3,965 and 3,475 applications, respectively.

Gulbarga, Koppal and Bidar have recorded high default rates.

Most sought after

It has been established that 17 services are most sought after by the citizens.

They include caste and income certificates (revenue), learner and driving licences and registration certificates (transport), issue of forms ‘C’ and ‘F’ and KVIT registration certificates (commercial tax), birth and death certificates and khata extracts (urban development), alterations to assessment list and NoC to Escoms and provision of drinking water and streetlights (Rural development).

Chief secretary S V Ranganath, Shalini Rajneesh, principal secretary, DPAR and heads of the departments were present at the meeting.

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