The UT administration is all set to make 18 more services, including issuance and reneweal of vehicle registration certificates (RCs), available through its network of e-Sampark Centres by next month. There are 15 e-Sampark Centres and 10 e-Sampark kiosks in the city at present, offering 24 services. The number of services thus will be 42 soon.
These services otherwise relate to the office of the deputy commissioner, and departments of election, food and education. Among these, services of the Registering and Licensing Authority (RLA) will be key.
The decision has been taken to save residents from harassment and also to save their time, effort and money. It is part of implementation of the e-District Mission Mode Project (MMP) of the central government.
Lauding the initiative, Baljinder Singh Bittu, chairman of the Federation of Sector Welfare Associations of Chandigarh (FOSWAC), said the move would go a long way in putting a check on malpractices. “With loopholes in the current system, residents who are not aware of the processes are fleeced by touts,” Bittu said.
UT secretary for information technology, Prerna Puri said residents could now avail the services from 8am to 8pm. “The move will enhance quality of service,” she said.
A proposal for BSNL mobile recharge through the centers is also being considered.