|May 21, 2013 at 11:35 pm #4264|
In an endeavor to encourage locals, particularly those living in remote areas, to apply for various certificates on line, the North Goa Collectorate has revived its e-services facility.
In its pilot project, a total of 18 centres have been set up across village panchayats in Bicholim taluka, even as the Collectorate contemplates extending the facility to other places.
“If the response in Bicholim is good, we will decide about setting up more such centres in other places. In the meanwhile, if any village panchayat is interested, it can send a request to our office,” Dipak Desai, Additional Collector (II), North Goa, told Herald.
The centres in Bicholim will be launched shortly after the currently underway training programme for talathis and panchayat members, who will be the implementing officials, concludes.
The online submission of applications for certificates such as residence, income, caste and others was launched as part of the State’s e-governance project a while back. However, this failed to pick up pace.
“Many know about the online system but they either have no access to internet or don’t know how to fill the forms and attach documents. This is why we decided to set up centres,” he explained, adding that their priority is to first reach out to villages.
The website http://www.eservices.goa.gov.in will also provide a host of services from other departments, including the Directorate of Land and Settlement Records and municipalities and panchayats for birth and death certificates.
The officer said that application can be filled online with attached documents.
“The applicant will receive SMS alerts on processing status and certificate may be collected after producing original documents to the authorities,” Desai said.
Apart from statutory charges for each form, no other charges, such as scanning of documents for uploading or any services will be charged. The government is also taking care of other requirements like infrastructure and logistics.
Source/Reference: Herald, “18 centres in Bicholim to revive e-services“