‘Number of services will go up to 100 in three months and transactions up to one lakh a day’
‘Mee Seva’, an eGovernance initiative to provide certificates and documents issued by various government departments to the citizens across the counter, brought 16 more services under its fold on Friday.
With the new services launched by Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, ‘Mee Seva’ now extends 58 services in all districts serving 70,000 citizens per day. The total services will touch 100 in three months and the transactions will go up to one lakh per day.
“The system is intended to bring in transparency and check middlemen. An online application for certificates/documents like caste, income, registration etc., will be issued within 15 minutes. The biggest advantage is that it will save common people any where between Rs.4,000 crore to Rs.6,000 crore that may have gone to middlemen to get these documents in the conventional system,” he said.
The government is also mulls bringing out a legislation to pay penalty to the applicant if a certificate sought from a ‘Mee Seva’ centre is not delivered within the stipulated time. This will bring in accountability into the system, he added
Even as demand for Lokayukta and anti-corruption laws were becoming louder, State used technology to bring in transparency into the system and to plug the loopholes, Mr. Kiran Kumar Reddy said.
One crore transactions
The ‘Mee Seva’ scheme introduced on November 4, 2011, with 12 services, recently crossed one crore transactions mark. “The two crore mark will be reached in a year,” he said.
The certificates are digitally signed, legally valid and weed out fake documents. Importantly, the system will help eliminate land disputes as it will not allow multiple registrations for the same land.
Information Technology Minister Ponnala Laxmaiah said at present, there were more than 6,000 ‘Mee Seva’ centres and at least 200 centres would be set up in each district. New IT initiatives this year would include setting up hardware parks, optic fibre connectivity to 25,000 villages etc.
Earlier, the Chief Minister inaugurated the ‘Mee Seva’ Electronic Display board at the Secretariat gate to show daily update of transactions.