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Simplifying life:Mayor Sunanda Rajaram inaugurating the GulbargaOne facility in Gulbarga on Friday as officials look on.
Simplifying life:Mayor Sunanda Rajaram inaugurating the GulbargaOne facility in Gulbarga on Friday as officials look on.

Special Correspondent

The facility is on the Deputy Commissioner's office premises

GULBARGA: Principal Secretary, e-Governance, M.N. Vidyashankar on Friday said 40 more BangaloreOne centres would be opened in Bangalore city. This will take the total number of such centres to 100 by December-end.

Speaking at the inauguration of GulbargaOne, the Integrated Citizen Service Centre, on the Deputy Commissioner's office premises here, Mr. Vidyashankar said BangaloreOne had been one of the most successful ventures of the State Government as the 60 centres established in different parts of the city had an annual turnover of Rs. 2,400 crore. By the end of this year, he said, the administration expected the total turnover in these centres to cross the Rs. 3,000-crore mark.

Mr. Vidyashankar said that on an average, more than 10 lakh people used the facility every month in Bangalore. BangaloreOne centres functioned 24 hours throughout the year, and provided 43 different services to the people.

Based on the success of BangaloreOne, the e-Governance Department had established four HubliOne centres in Hubli-Dharwad. The initiative was turning out to be a huge success and more such centres would be set up in the twin cities, he added.

The official said the State Government had decided to open similar centres with integrated citizen services in Mysore on May 19, in Tumkur on May 21, in Mangalore on May 28 and in Bellary on June 12. In all these cities, a minimum of three centres would be opened to begin with and more would be added based on demand.

Mr. Vidyashankar said his department was willing to open seven more GulbargaOne centres. “All we want is a building and other infrastructure from the city corporation and the district administration. Money is not a problem for us,” he said.

Gulbarga North MLA Qamarul Islam, who presided over the function, favoured the spread of the GulbargaOne concept.

The GulbargaOne project is being implemented on a public-private-partnership model, involving the State Government, CMS Computers, Ram Informatics and ING Vysya Bank. To begin with, GulbargaOne will start delivering services such as payment of electricity bills, Cellone Mobile bill payment, PUC answer script photocopies, re-totalling and re-evaluation payments, and sale of passport application forms.

In the days to come, it will accept payment of water bills, BSNL landline bills, property tax, bills of TATA Indicom, Airtel, Reliance and Idea cellphone connections and Airtel landline bills. Other services including LIC premium payment, issue of birth and death certificates, renewal of monthly bus passes, domestic flight booking and railway ticket booking will also be offered.

The service, which is provided free of cost, will be available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. throughout the year, except for holidays declared by the e-Governance Department. People will have the option of paying either through cash, cheque, demand draft or credit and debit cards. No service charge will be collected except for certain categories of services such as railway ticket booking, and the PUC services.

Gulbarga City Corporation Mayor Sunanda Rajaram inaugurated the GulbargaOne centre. Deputy Mayor Sajjad Ali Inamdar and Regional Commissioner Rajneesh Goel were present. Deputy Commissioner R. Vishal welcomed the gathering. Chief Executive Officer of the e-Governance Department D.S. Raveendran proposed a vote of thanks.

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