In a bid to simplify the process to get a driving licence and eliminate middlemen, the Haryana government will soon float global tenders to invite bids to implement a smart card-based system.
The present practice of manual issuance of driving licenses (DLs) and vehicle registration certificates (VRCs) will be replaced in the entire state with the more reliable and technologically advanced method.
Earlier plans to start with Gurgaon as a pilot project and then replicate the same in other towns of the state failed to materialise. To ensure transparency and eliminate malpractices and middlemen, touts, agents and brokers, DLs and VRCs would be delivered at the address of the applicant through post.
The smart card-based facility is already present in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore.
Recently, Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had announced to start the new service in Chandigarh, promising 30-minute processing time.
According to SK Duhan, sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) who heads the e-Disha centre in Gurgaon, the state government has changed its earlier plans of launching the project from the Millennium City.
As per earlier plans, the government was going to tie up with Delhi Integrated Multi Modal Transit System Ltd (DIMTS) that has already issued about 8 lakh smart card-based driving licenses in Delhi where the service took off in July 2008.
Nearly 35,000 driving licenses and 50,000 vehicle registration certificates are issued annually in Gurgaon through the manual and tedious system.
Touts rule the roost and charge hefty amounts from applicants who avoid the hassle of standing in long queues at the registration authority office. The new driving licence will have a computerised photograph, fingerprint impression, signature of the applicant and other data so it would be impossible to issue a licence to a person without being present.
"The automated system would have defined workflow and supported infrastructure that will eliminate chances of any involvement of touts. The applicants would be given a stipulated time to appear and the whole exercise would be completed in 30 minutes. After completion of formalities, the license would be delivered at the doorstep of the applicant," an official said.