In a first of its kind initiative here ,major corporates and allied bodies have agreed to partner SAKALA, the state’s e-governance mission to provide government services on- time to the public.
Corporates like the DLF, Mahindra,Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs and the African International Business Forum, along with others, are now set to involve themselves in spreading awareness about the “on time “ delivery scheme to the state’s villages and taluks. At present,over 447 government services including delivery of ration cards, birth certificates, property ownership papers to driving licences ,to name but a few, are made available to the public on time. This e-governance initiative has already clocked a huge success rate in enforcing the prescribed standards,even as it provides for fines on officials who fail to deliver within the specified timeline. The penalty amount is deducted from the salaries of the babus concerned.
For the state, the encouraging development comes on the back of the national award that it is getting for the SAKALA scheme under the ‘Outstanding performance in citizen centric service delivery ” for 2013-14. It would be presented during the two-day national conference on e-governance , beginning at Kochi on 30 January. The initiative was launched during the BJP government. Considering its benefits, the ruling Congress under Mr Siddaramiah had no hesitation in continuing it considering the benefits to the general public. Already a host of countries,including Pakistan and Bangladesh , have approached Karnataka seeking guidance in replicating the scheme.
The private sector’s initiative came during the international conference on corporate social responsibility here today following a call by Mrs Shalini Rajneesh,principal secretary,department of administrative reforms and mission director, SAKALA.
In addition the corporates are expected to assist in setting up “help desks “ and kiosks to monitor online applications for the services desired apart from sponsoring laptops,printers,computers and related electronic equipment.