The Maharashtra government is moving forward with its plan to digitise government services and cut paperwork. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has been pushing the Aaple Sarkar programme and mobile applications and online services are set to start from October 2.
Speaking at the concluding session of the divisional commissioners’ and district collectors’ two-day meet at YASHADA, the Chief Minister was keen to ensure that technology can be used by revenue officials. “Technology is a great leveller and even as manpower is required, digital services will be the answer for good governance. The system will ensure better transparency, efficiency and more accountability,” he said, addressing a packed hall of bureaucrats. The meeting was chaired by revenue minister Eknath Khadse and attended by ministers Girish Bapat, Dilip Kamble and chief secretary Swadeen Kshatriya and principal secretary (revenue) Manu Kumar Srivastava.
Fadnavis said the government is keen to make as many as 250 government services available online from October 2. On January 26, the government extended 150 services online under the right to services act. These services can be accessed through the web portal Aaple Sarkar.
“We will ensure that by October 2, all 250 services will be online and be accessible through a cellphone app,” he said. The Aaple Sarkar portal was launched on August 15 last year with 47 services being made available online for six districts. Fadnavis said that now these services have been extended throughout the state.
Fadnavis also called for more power to the district collectors who can perform better and said that they should be called “innovators” who can come up with new ideas and better ways to implement schemes. He said that schemes have to reach to the lowest rank of officials for better implementation. “More power should be given to collectors sho that there is sensitisation of schemes at the ground level,” he said. He added that the role of collector has changed over the years from an administrator to a service provider. He said there needs to be better interaction between departments and new applications need to be standardised for better governance. He said that with impending drought months, a more sensitive approach needs to be taken to tackle issues.
At the meet, Eknath Khadse spoke about 29 new amendments for various laws which has made ease of doing business in the state easy. Girish Bapat requested more staff and more godowns to store foodgrains. “I want more active officers rather than those who come back to their city just before retirement.”
Swadeen Kshatriya and Manu Kumar Srivastava gave a brief of the latest innovations readied by revenue officials for better efficiency. A special mention was made on the paperless office of Sindhudurg district.