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Kenya keen to adopt Punjab transport dept's model

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, December 10, 2012
First Published: 18:27 IST(10/12/2012) | Last Updated: 23:47 IST(10/12/2012)

Kenya has sought the assistance of the Punjab government and its agencies for automating its road transport sector.

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A delegation of officials from Kenya, led by Francis Meja, registrar of motor vehicles, visited the Punjab transport department office here on Monday to study e-governance initiatives.

The team is doing this bench-marking study to improvise and implement a transport integrated management system which has "the robustness and functional capability" of the system followed by the state department.

"The Kenyan government is keen on replicating the Punjab system for online application of road sector documents such as driving licences and motor vehicle registration certificates. We also wish to adopt Punjab's model for sharing data through internet and mobile technologies," said Meja.

"The introduction of e-governance in the transport department has enabled Punjab to become a leading state in the country to simultaneously introduce smart card facility for driving licences and registration of vehicles, besides the introduction of other services such as the issuance of learner's licence by college principals," said Mandeep Singh, secretary, transport, Punjab.

The Kenyan delegation also called on Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.

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