Kolar stands 22nd among the districts as far as implementation of Sakala scheme, which ensures time-bound service to the public under the Karnataka Guarantee of Services to Citizens Act 2011.

The Department of Personnel and Administration Reforms (DPAR) published a report in May 2013 on all districts taking into account their performance.

The report has been put on the website, www.sakala.kar.nic.in.

The ranking, given on the basis of the receipt of applications from the public by the authorities concerned and their disposal, points at how effective the implementation of the scheme has been in the district.

Over 375 services of 33 departments are covered under this scheme.

While Kolar ranked 22nd, neighbouring Chickballapur district, carved out of Kolar district a few years ago, has secured the fourth place.

Udupi, Mandya and Chamarajanagar districts have taken the first three places. Kolar was placed fourth among six districts that have rejected the maximum applications submitted under Sakala. Among the rejected applications, those seeking caste certificates and widow pension accounts form a large portion, according to the report.

There are many complaints against authorities not issuing caste certificates in Kolar and Mulbagal taluks. The DPAR report substantiates this. As many as 41,501 Sakala applications were received in May and 35,254 were disposed of. Of them, 11.4 per cent applications were disposed of beyond the stipulated time.

All the taluks in the State have been given ranks based on efficiency in implementing the scheme. The following is the taluk-wise ranks: Kolar 85, Bangarpet 86, Malur 11, Mulbagal 111 and Srinivaspur 143. The report has classified the department-wise performance too and has given rankings accordingly.

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