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State Urban Local Bodies go online

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The Hindu        12.06.2017  

State Urban Local Bodies go online

Commissioner and Director Municipal Administration T. K. Sreedevi.Nagara GopalNAGARA GOPAL  

Citizens can avail themselves all the 18 essential municipal functions through the portals

A significant development in the third anniversary of formation of Telangana State has been all the 72 Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) going online and in a position to even process the complex building plans under the Development Permission Management System (DPMS) from their respective portals.

From among them, 54 of the urban bodies have even started offering services of all the 18 essential municipal functions like issuance of birth and death certificates, trade licences, tax payments, mutations, occupancy certificates, water connections and the likes.

“Earlier, except for building plan approvals, most of the services were available through the MeeSeva centres. Now, the citizen service centres opened in each municipality can handle these and we are also soon going to link up our payment gateway with the newly launched ‘T-Wallet’,” said Commissioner & Director of Municipal Administration T. K. Sreedevi.

Computer professional

For handling online services, at least one or two trained computer professionals have been posted in each of the ULBs along with personnel taken on outsourced basis for operations.

Training for municipal staff of various wings too has been taken up to familiarise them with functioning through the web.

All these online municipal services are to be further integrated into a mobile app and not only will it be convenient to the citizens for any redressal of complaints, but also these can also be monitored real time from the regional municipal directors’ offices and the head office. A central monitoring unit has been established to track the online complaints and their redressal, the Commissioner explained. Going digital while helping in tracking and prioritising files can also ensure their speedy movement, improve accountability and make the decision making process transparent, she added.

e-office system

The e-office system too put into place earlier this year helps in processing files speedily, keep tab on the number of pending files and implementation status.

Citizens too are to get message alerts on their respective applications status.

While the CDMA has already signed pacts with the SBI and the HDFC Bank for payment gateways for tax collection and fees payment, among others it has now also roped in ICICI Bank into the ambit offering more payment options to the citizens.

Capacity building

Recently, the bank had conducted a day-long training workshop for the municipal staff on aspects like bankable projects in urban infrastructure, app for property mapping for development of land registry, dashboard demonstration, e-governance and rolling out the citizen services centres in all urban centres, among others.

Besides, the bank has also provided skills training to 300 unemployed youths at its academy for courses ranging from three to nine months over the last few months, Dr. Sreedevi added.


IMPROVED CITIZEN SERVICES

Earlier, except for the building plan approvals, most of the services were available through the MeeSeva centres

Urban Local Bodies are also soon going to link up their payment gateway with the newly launched ‘T-Wallet’

For handling online services, at least one or two trained computer professionals posted in each of the ULBs

Training for municipal staff of various wings taken up to familiarise them with functioning through the web

All the online municipal services to be integrated into a mobile app and monitored from the regional municipal directors’ offices

 

Ashok inaugurates garbage converter

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The Hindu        12.06.2017  

Ashok inaugurates garbage converter

Pilot project initiated at Ryhtu Bazaar

Union Civil Aviation Minister P. Ashok Gajapati Raju here on Saturday inaugurated a wet garbage converter into organic fertilizer, switched on the electronic display board showing vegetable rates, and CC cameras at Rythu Bazar, near R & B Guest House. He said the garbage converter unit was the first of its kind established as a pilot project in the State.

Stating that the trash machine would help control flies, mosquitoes, and pig menace, Mr. Ashok said based on its performance the facility would be extended to other areas.

Joint Collector Srikesh B Lathkar said the machine would make 25kg of organic wet waste into powder within 20 minutes. After decomposing it for a week it would be used as an organic manure, Mr. Lathkar said.


B. Chinni Naidu, managing director of Pragathi, waste management service, said the wet garbage converter was set up under the second phase of Swachh Bharat Mission .

At Ayyannapeta in the town, Mr. Ashok inaugurated RO plant and a solar pump set, which were established with grants from MPLADs and Municipality.

 

Ward committees to be finalised next week: BBMP Commissioner

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The Hindu         12.06.2017    

Ward committees to be finalised next week: BBMP Commissioner

The one-month deadline given by HC to set up these committees ended in May

As citizen activists raise their pitch to get more people to enrol in ward committees, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has said that the list for all 198 wards will be finalised next week. The one-month deadline given by the High Court of Karnataka to set up these committees ended in May.

With allegations that councillors are misusing powers to pick and choose people for the committees, BBMP Commissioner N. Manjunath Pasad said citizens can send in their nominations directly to him. In fact, activists had alleged that in many cases, councillors were thwarting nominations of residents who were more likely to question them. In addition, there are misgivings about the kind of work involved and the time they need to put in, they said.

The Palike had recently informed the High Court of Karnataka that ward committees have been constituted in 68 wards. Of these, around 27 have been functioning even before the High Court’s intervention. Kathyayini Chamraj from CIVIC Bangalore said, with the Commissioner enabling nominations to be filed through him, residents, who had hesitated to file their nominations fearing interference from councillors, could also now apply.

“It is necessary for serious-minded citizens to become part of it to break the nexus. Or else, people chosen by the councillors will hold constitutional positions,” she said. So far, various civic groups have managed to get 350 people nominated to the ward committees. A similar campaign to get more citizens to volunteer was held by the Citizens for Bengaluru (CfB) on Saturday as well. Srinivas Alavilli from CfB said, “We need 1,980 people to stand up and be counted as members of the 198 wards. However, a very few people signed up owing to a variety of reasons. This is an opportunity for people to get into governance.”

 


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