To remove the hurdles involved in the process of getting a government accommodation allotted in the city,the UT Administration has now introduced online applications.
Furthermore,the Department of Information Technology and National Informatics Centre (NIC),Chandigarh are also working on setting up an information kiosk for disseminating the information about house allotment on a real time basis. The kiosk will be set up at the UT Estate Office in Sector 17 and the employees will be able to access the information during working hours. At present,the Department of Information Technology is conducting trials on the kiosk.
Earlier the information about the house allotment was fragmented and was discretely available in three distinct departments and the employees applying for a house used to find it difficult to obtain up-to-date information regarding the government accommodation available for them.
In the past,there had been many complaints and allegations by various sections of employees belonging to the UT,Punjab and Haryana who have their offices in the city and are thus entitled for a government house,that the house allotment process was not only cumbersome but also delayed.
Now with the revamped house allotment system,the employees of the Chandigarh Administration,government of Punjab and government of Haryana will be able to not only apply for accommodation online but will also be able to see the seniority lists and vacancy reports through this system.
According to officials of the House Allotment Committee,the online house allotment system will provide information about 12,500 houses,categorised in 20 types. The new system in place will enable the user to seek information about type-wise list of houses allotted during the last 30 days and it will also help the user to know about the existing vacant houses.
Officials in the IT Department say that recently,the working of the entire system was computerised and integrated with the workflow of the House Allotment Committee,UTs Engineering Department and the Rent Controller Office.
Another useful feature added is that whenever an allotment is made by the House Allotment Committee the system will automatically generate an SMS and email informing the Engineering Department.
The system will also generate SMS and email to the Rent Office for initiating the process of charging rent from the employee. Similarly,at the time of vacation of the house,the system will automatically generate an SMS and an email to the Engineering Department and Rent Office for them to take necessary action on their end.