July 1, 2009 5:45:23 am
The city is set to have four new e-Sampark centres,with additional facilities. This time,the centres will be located on government school premises,for which all modalities have been worked out. The centres are likely to start functioning some time in July.
In a recent communication,Chief Architect Sumit Kaur,Department of Urban Planning,wrote to Director Public Instructions (Schools) Samwartak Singh,informing him of the schools where the Administration will set up e-Sampark centres. These are government high schools in Sectors 37-D,39-C and 48-D and the Government Senior Secondary School in Sector 56.
The new facilities to be introduced at the centres include submission of requisite forms pertaining to PAN cards and their issuance,besides multi-banking. Modalities are being worked out to provide additional facilities at these centres. It was a long pending demand of the residents welfare associations to open these new e-Sampark centres, said Director (Information Technology) Manjit Singh Brar.
At present,there are 28 services being provided at 11 e-Sampark centres and 13 gram-Sampark centres across the city. They include payment of electricity,water and phone bills; issuing birth and death certificates,senior citizen cards,bus passes; disbursement of pension for old age,widows and the disabled; school fee collection of around 20 government model senior secondary schools; doctors appointments for GMSH-16 and GMCH-32; passport applications.
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Since September 2004,the centres collected around Rs 2,016 crore of government revenue in nearly 72 lakh transactions. According to a recent survey,the number of transactions per month has crossed the mark of 2 lakh.
There is also a proposal to set up e-Sampark centres in every sector. The proposal has already been finalised by the Town and Country Planning Wing. The school sites were selected for two reasonsone,it is easy to locate and secondly,the Administration can utilise its own land. We shall also ensure that such e-Sampark centres do not hamper the functioning of the schools, said a senior UT official.
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