Pune division commissionerate is working on a pilot project to enable government institutions or even educational institutions to view online the domicile or birth certificates of applicants, especially those in the rural areas. With no papers exchanged, the aim of this unique project is — by the government, for the government.
“For jobs or admissions, government and educational institutions ask applicants to submit various certificates, the original copies as well as their photo copies, which is unnecessary. If an online facility is made available, these institutions can view these documents online and citizens will not be made to run around for them,” Pune divisional commissioner S Chockalingam said while talking about the initiative that has been taken up in Pune division for Pune, Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur and Solapur.
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With the help of Mahaonline — Sangram Soft — the project aims at ensuring that these facilities enable 5,677 villages in the division to have all the key records online. The data for 5,644 villages has already been fed while 33 villages, among them eight from Pune, are yet to have their records online. The data includes address proof, income certificate, birth and death certificates, marriage certificates, etc. Presently, data for 19 services are in place, which will soon be extended to 33.
The pilot has been carried out with data collected since August 2013.
“It has been very effective. It has been quite a task to collate all documents from the gram panchayat level, scan and upload them,”say Mahaonline officials involved in the project. “Among the villages, Pune division tops with 6.89 lakh documents being made available online for people. It is closely followed by Solapur, Kolhapur, Satara and Sangli,” officials said.
Under the scheme, a person can approach the gram seva kendra and get a copy of these documents for Rs 20.
The project comes under the e-panchayat, which is aimed at bringing transparency and standardise operations in the working of Panchayat Raj institutions.