Trivandrum: The Kerala Government has rolled out the e-District Public Portal (edistrict.kerala.gov.in) along with associated services like online Right to Information (RTI), Public Grievances Redressal and Utility Bill Payments, as part of the National e-Governance Programme (NeGP).
The e-District Public Portal was launched by the Minister for Industries & IT, Shri P K Kunhalikutty at a function held in Thiruvananthapuram. The Utility Bill Payment services were inaugurated by Rishi Raj Singh IPS, Transport Commissioner; the Public Grievance Redressal services by Manoj Abraham IPS, IG Police HQ and the RTI services by A Shajahan IAS, Sp. Secretary, General Education.
The e-District Public Portal is an ambitious project of the Government of Kerala to provide services to the citizens (G2C) in an easy and transparent way. It was first rolled out in Kannur and Palakkad districts in December 2010 and later in the other 12 districts by March, 2013. Kerala is the first State in the country to have the e-District programme in all its districts.
In his address, the Minister said that this is a step forward in Kerala becoming an e-State, starting with Friends in 2010, then Akshaya and now the e-District project. “Any citizen with an Internet connection can now access Government services directly without going to a Government office. Those without a connection can use Akshaya centres. This will help remove bureaucratic red tapeism and middlemen while making the process faster”, he added.
P H Kurian IAS, Principal Secretary – Industries & IT, said that the ultimate aim is to become a digital State by 2016 when all Government transactions can be done electronically. He added that the IT Department is only a catalyst and the beneficiaries are the departments. About 1,000 new Akshaya kendras would be added to the existing 2,300 centres across Kerala.
Giving details, K S Sreenivas IAS, Secretary – Industries & IT, said that till date about 48 lakh digitally signed and QR Code embedded certificates have been issued from nine departments. “23 different certificates from the Revenue Department, 103 services from the Motor Vehicle Department and over 350 services from Universities are right now available on the portal and more will be added in the coming days. The next step will be the introduction of the State Service Gateway (SSG) as all Departments come online.
Citizens having Aadhaar Number, Email and Mobile can do a one time registration to avail all services from the e-District Public Portal, designed and developed by NIC and hosted at the State Data Centre. The Kerala State IT Mission is State designated agency for GoK.
Dr. K Santhana Raman SIO, NIC and P Bala Kiran IAS, Director, KSITM were among those present.
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