'Register applications under Sakala'

Principal secretary for personnel and administrative reforms Shalini Rajneesh directed district-level officials from all state government departments to register all applications that are submitted under Sakala to provide the services within the stipulated time.

Speaking at a progress review meeting of Sakala here on Thursday, she said the programme was meant to help the people, so officials not registering applications would be dealt with strictly.

Birth/death certificate

Detailing the steps being taken by the government to ease procedures, Shalini said the chief secretary would hold talks with principal secretaries of revenue, health and family welfare and planning ministries to help people get birth or death certificates without hassles.

If the proposal is implemented, the health officer of the centre (doctor), where a woman gives birth to a child, would be empowered to issue the birth certificates. So, people need not depend on village accountants or taluk office staff for the certificate and run from pillar to post.

Mobile governance

She said, as 70 to 80 per cent people use mobile phones in the state, the government was thinking of introducing mobile-governance to bring several services at the fingertips of the citizens. In-charge deputy minister Dr M N Ajay Nagabushan was present at the meeting.

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