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Sakala scheme to get more robust

The Sakala scheme, unveiled in 2011 to cut red tape and ensure timely delivery of government services, is riddled with problems.

The Siddaramaiah government is now set to re-launch the scheme with stronger penal clauses for erring officials and a commission for its implementation. A new Bill is to be tabled in the January/February session of the State legislature to make way for the changes.

Among its key features will be a steep hike in penalty for delay in delivery of service from the present Rs. 20 to Rs. 250 per day, with the total sum going up to Rs. 50,000. The existing Sakala Mission has been given only supervisory position, without powers to collect penalty. More than 725 services are covered under the Sakala Act.

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