The State government will add 240 more services under Sakala and ensure time-bound service to citizens under the Karnataka Sakala Services Act 2011.

Law and Parliamentary Affairs and Animal Husbandry Minister T.B. Jayachandra on Monday released the August report on implementation of the Sakala scheme in the State and said 375 services across various government departments are at present covered under the scheme.

“We plan to add 240 services under Sakala in the coming days,” he told presspersons.

A total of 22.19 lakh applications were disbursed in August. Mr. Jayachandra said all 177 taluks and 30 district offices would have Sakala help desks by next month. While the districts of Uttara Kannada, Kolar and Chamarajanagar took the top positions in implementing Sakala last month, it was Gudibande in Chickballapur district which stole the show for being most consistent among taluks, followed by Kumta and Ankola taluks.

Kolar has shown tremendous commitment to move from the 20th rank in July to 2nd position in August. Chamarajanagar, after holding the top position for two months, has been consistent to remain in the top number 3 in August, he said.

Chikmagalur, Bellary and Belgaum secured 30th, 29th and 28th rank, respectively in August, he said. Sakala Mission Director and DPAR Principal Secretary Shalini Rajneesh said a delegation from Afghanistan came over to understand Sakala services, after the first group went back inspired.

She said noted educationist from IIM Ahmedabad, Anil Gupta, came to document the Sakala case study for IIM-A graduates. The Sakala model has been adopted by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Personnel Grievances (DARPG) for country-wide ‘training of trainers’ module to help all administrators in improving service delivery. According to officials, by last month-end, more than 50 per cent of the State’s population had utilised Sakala services.

Gudibande on top

Among 177 taluks in the State, Gudibande in Chickballapur district secured first rank in disbursal of applications under Sakala scheme. Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs and Animal Husbandry T.B. Jayachandra on Monday presented a certificate to Gudibande tahsildar S. Shailaja for securing the first position in the disbursal of applications under Sakala. Ms. Shailaja, a former journalist who joined the service in 2006, attributed her taluk’s success to team work and support from senior officials.

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