Staff Correspondent

The facility will be available at Nemmadi Kendras in Bantwal taluk by January 26

All computers at Nemmadi Kendras will be loaded with a software and connected through LAN

Database containing details of almost all residents of the district is ready

MANGALORE: Processing applications for caste and income certificates constitutes 45 per cent of the work done at Nemmadi Kendras (tele centres). It takes nearly 20 days to get the certificates after you submit the application.

But soon you can get these certificates across the counter in a matter of a few minutes in Dakshina Kannada.

The facility will be available, to start with, at Nemmadi Kendras in Bantwal taluk by January 26, Deputy Commissioner V. Ponnuraj said on Wednesday.

This will be possible through the software called Over The Counter (OTC) which has been specially designed for the district administration by the National Informatics Centre. For the first time such a system would be used in the country, Mr. Ponnuraj said.

Computers at Nemmadi Kendras across the district will be loaded with the software and connected through a local area network (LAN). Database containing details of almost all residents of the district will be uploaded on the LAN and the software will process this data to produce a certificate.

At present, the applications are processed manually. Applications received at Nemmadi Kendra are sent to the taluk office, then to the Revenue Inspector and finally to the respective village accountant for verification. The applications are sent back through the same channel, making the entire process 20 to 25 days long.

When data pertaining to almost every individual in the district will be available on the LAN, it will take only a few minutes to process the applications.

Creating the database was the toughest part of the new initiative, according to Mr. Ponnuraj. The data was compiled through door-to-door visits across the district. As nearly 95 per cent of the district’s population has ration cards, officials visited each household having ration card and collected details such as caste, sub-caste and income from the family members, he said.

The data has been digitised and is ready for use through the new software. In fact, the district administration is conducting final trials on the system.

“Data collection has been completed. The first round of corrections has been made. Another round of corrections is pending. There were some teething troubles with the software and they have been sorted out. We are almost set to go,” said Mr. Ponnuraj.