Monday, September 21, 2009

BangaloreOne will drive up to your doorstep soon

BangaloreOne will drive up to your doorstep soon

The service will be introduced in BBMP's newly-acquired areas in November

Senthalir S and Praveena Sharma. Bangalore

Soon, you will be able to pay your bills at your doorstep. The state's e-governance department, buoyed by the success of BangaloreOne, will start mobile units called "E-governance on wheels", from November.
You could use these units to get a passport and pay your water and power bills. The service will cover all areas falling in the newly-added Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) areas.
MN Vidyashankar, principal secretary, department of e-governance, disclosed this while speaking at the inauguration of TA Pai Management Institute (TAPMI) for e-Governance Research and Education on Saturday. The centre will conduct research on e-governance projects, as well as train government officials and IT professionals.
"The e-service, to be launched in November, will begin with two vans equipped with five computers each. People can avail all services offered by BangaloreOne, including passport services, at these mobile centres," said Vidyashankar.
The services would be extended depending on the response. Wide publicity would be given to this service and the list of places that the service will be moving to will be made known in advance. Vidyashankar said the total transaction in the different BangaloreOne centres over the past three-and-a-half years is Rs1,500 crore.
There are 53 centres as of now, and this number will be increased to 100. Ten other corporations in the state will also set up centres along the same lines — Belgaum, Dharwad, Tumkur and Mangalore, among them. "The centres at other corporations will come up by December 2009. In two or two-and-a-half years, Karnataka will be transformed into e-Karnataka, with the highest penetration of e-governance in every office. The budgetary allocation for the purpose over the next 10 years is Rs48,000 crore; about Rs190 crore will be spent in the next six months," said Vidyashankar.
On the expansion of BPOsector to tier II and III cities, he said BPOs would be set up in 30 more places in the next seven months under public-private partnership model. One 200-seater BPO centre is set to start functioning by November in Shimoga.

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