Government services – doorstep – Bengaluru

Government services at your doorstep  will be a reality very soon.  This is in line with the model adopted at New Delhi.

Citizens of Bengaluru does not have to sweat out from running from pillar to post to get the work related to government services done.

The government is planning to implement door step delivery of many government services.


Services offered under Government services :

The services offered by the government includes caste certificates, income certificates, senior citizen cards, residential certificate, caste-cum-income certificate and health cards, driver’s licence, death and birth certificates.

The e-governance department of Government of Karnataka is planning to launch a pilot project next week.  The Government services was announced in the Budget by the Chief Minister H.D.Kumaraswamy.

The pilot project will be launched at Mahalakshmi Layout constituency.  Once the pilot project is completed, the entire State of Karnataka will be covered in different phases.


Seva Sindhu – Government services :

The e-governance department of Government of Karnataka is leveraging Sevasindhu.  Seva sindhu is an integrated portal, a one-stop shop to provide government services to citizens.

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Seva sindhu covers 86 services from 18 of the total 54 departments but citizens will have to go to offices concerned.

Government services – How it works ? :

It is a web based service where a citizen contacts the call centre to inform them about the services required.  The caller will be informed about the documents needed. 

After fixing an appointment with the citizen, the ‘Seva Sindhu’ will be sending a ‘mobile assistant‘ to the caller’s residence.

The assistant will be equipped with a tablet to upload the application along with the require documents on the portal.

The next step will be where the department will process the application and the assistant will deliver the require documents.


Government services – 2nd state in the country :

After New Delhi, Karnataka is the 2nd state to offer door delivery of government services.  The Karnataka model will be more advanced.

This scheme if implemented will generate around 4500 jobs.  The ‘Sevasindhu’ is planning to hire atleast 4500 mobile assistants.

A  service fee of Rs.110 will be charged by the mobile assistants for each successful application submission.  An e-receipt will be issued for fees and facilitation fee.  The application is electronically transferred to department concerned.

To book service call : 080 – 44554455 (7 am to 8 pm)

For other government services, read https://www.bangalorean.com/blog/sakala-scheme/

Super-specialty hospitals – Bengaluru

Super-specialty hospitals are growing in Benglauru.  The Karnataka State Government is planning to set up four super specialty hospitals in the city.

Health care is gaining increasing importance in recent years. The concept of health care is emerging from providing treatment to the disease to the improvement of overall health status and also maintenance of good health.

What is a super-specialty hospital?

Super-specialty hospitals may have doctors with degrees as in DM neurology, McH urology, DM gastroenterology, McH neurosurgery as in super-specialists.  These specialists have education higher than a MD/MS.

Facilities at super-specialty hospital

They have micro specialized in a organ system as such so are more experts for diseases system wise as in gastroenterology(stomach and intestine) system, nervous system as in DM neurology, diseases of diabetes etc as in DM endocrinology.

The specialities includes such as Neuro surgery, Plastic surgery, Cardio-thoracic surgery as well as others.

Super-specialty hospitals – International standard:

A super-specialty hospital focuses on the treatment of specific illnesses.  The quality and safety regulations follow the accreditation standards of National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH).

National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH) is a constituent board of Quality Council of India (QCI), set up to establish and operate accreditation program for healthcare organizations.

The approval by International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua) gives credibility to the NABH standards to be compatible with global benchmarks. Accreditation by ISQua had been granted to hospitals of 11 countries so far. The 12th country to join this group is India.

Bengaluru – hub of super-specialty hospitals:

The Government of Karnataka is in search of land to set up the super- specialty hospitals in four different party of the city according to the Bengaluru Development Minister DCM G.Parameshwara.

The upcoming hospitals will be constructed on the lines of the existing Victoria and Jayadeva Hospitals. 

Crop loan waiver – Karnataka Government

Crop loan waiver scheme is to provide loan wavier relief of up to Rs.2 lakhs for the poor and marginalized farmers. The scheme intends to provide financial support to the drought-hit farmers in the state.

Farmer

Features of crop loan waiver scheme :

The following are the features of the scheme –

  • To grant financial assistance to the debt-ridden farmers.
  • To reduce farmers debt.
  • To provide current loans to the farmers for the forthcoming sowing season.

Highlights of the crop loan waiver scheme :

The following are the highlights of the housing scheme. – The loan amount will be distributed to the eligible farmers in four phases.

  • The amount of Rs.10,500 crore is allocated in the budget 2018-19.
  • The amount of Rs.6,500 crore is allocated for the farmers to get an initial loan from the banks for agricultural activity.

As per the declaration by the Karnataka Information, Department of Information and public relation concerning crop loan waiver :

As per the commitment of the coalition government to about 40 lakh crop loanee farmers of both commercial banks and co-operative banks, the crop loan waiver scheme is implemented to reach all eligible farmers.  In this

  • 36 lakh farmers have submitted their self declarations, in which
  • 20 lakh farmers have correctly submitted their Aadhar Card, Ration Card and Land Sy. No. and remaining
  • 7 lakh farmers are requested to give their correct Aadhar Card/Ration Card/Land Sy. No. in February 2019 itself for prompt waiver release
  • Rs. 1900 crores released in 1st installment to
  • 4 lakh farmers towards crop loan waiver.

Crop loan waiver – 1st installment :

All eligible farmers who submit their Aadhar Card, Ration Card and Land Sy. No. will get loan waiver 1st installment release within February 2019 for restructured, overdue and regular commercial bank loans.

All eligible farmers in co-operative sector will get their loan waiver release in the very month when their loan repayment become due for repayment.

For details about Farmer’s loan waiver,  visit : http://clws.karnataka.gov.in/

Diversion – Rs.150 crore from BBMP limits

Diversion – Rs.150 crore from BBMP limits

Diversion of Rs.150 crore from BBMP limits goes to four JD)U) constituencies.  The State Government has diverted SWM fund to Devanahalli, Hoskote, Nelamangala, Mangadi and Ramanagara taluks.

Government diverts funds from BBMP limits :

The money diversion is from the money earmarked for solid waste management under the Mukhyamantri Nava Bengaluru’s project.  The amount allotted for this project is Rs.753 crore. 

The five taluks are outside the city municipal limits.  The above mentioned places outside the city municipal limits will get Rs.150 crore for developmental works.  This includes solid waste disposal and processing units. 

According to some this seems like a politically motivated move.

Diversion of funds – JD(S) Constituencies :

The four taluks which is getting money through diversion are constituencies represented by the JD(S) leaders – Narayanaswamy L.N. (Devanahalli), K.Sreenivasamurthy (Melamangala), A. Manjunath (Magadi) and Anitha Kumaraswamy (Ramanagara). 

Hoskote is represented by M.T.B.Nagaraju who represented Congress and is the housing minister.

JD(S) Constituencies

In these areas the Waste management processing units were proposed to be set up in the future.  Instead of using the money for waste processing units which are operational and where locals are protesting the money  has been diverted.

Impact of Diversion :

Developmental work around the areas of Doddabidarakallu, Lingadheeranahalli, Subbarayanapalya, Kannahalli and Seegehalli plants have till date received only Rs.10 crore each.

These are the waste processing units which have met with strong opposition and resistance from residents residing in and around the area.  The problems faced by the residents includes foul smell and mosquito menace.

Solid Waste Management

Rs.15 crore is allotted or made available for the development of villages in and around new landfills and the existing landfills.  The existing landfills includes Bellahalli, Mittiganahalli and Bagalur.

Reasons given by the Government/BBMP :

According to Mr. Mahendra Jain, the Additional Chief Secretary (Urban development) “the allocation to the five taluks was to “mitigate” the effects of sending the Bengaluru city’s waste there.  The waste which goes to these areas will be compensated with better infrastructure”.

Industrial areas development – Bengaluru

Industrial areas development in Bengaluru city is facing problems.  The Supreme Court of India is keen to know why the Karnataka government wants to develop industrial areas inside the city.  The Bengaluru city is already facing problems of infrastructure and water scarcity.

Industrial areas development – KIADB

Industrial areas development – KIADB

Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB) is a wholly owned infrastructure agency of Government of Karnataka, set up under Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Act of 1966.

This Board functions as per statutory provisions, rules and regulations enacted there under. The Board comprises of senior government officers in their ex-officio capacities. The Board of members meets regularly to take decisions and monitor the functions. KIADB holds pride in being the first government organization in Karnataka to obtain ISO 9001 certification in the year 1997.

Supreme Court’s objections to Industrial areas development :

According to the Supreme Court, the special economic zone is not for cities.  The Court asked the KIADB why it wants to create industrial hub inside the city?  The task of fixing buffer zones was left the policy makers. 

The NGT Judgment – Industrial areas development :

The National Green Judgment specified buffer zones are –

75 metres in case of lakes

50 metres in case of primary raja kaluves

35 metres in case of secondary raja kaluves

25 metres for tertiary raja kaluves (storm water drains)  

These distance must be maintained measuring from the edge of these of water bodies.

Views of Supreme Court on industrial areas development :

The advocate general submitted that no permission was granted to set up industries inside Bengaluru city.  The NGT’s judgment on buffer zone will affect the redevelopment of existing structures in Bengaluru.

Venkatappa Art Gallery in Namma Bengaluru is Unsafe

Venkatappa Art Gallery in Namma Bengaluru is Unsafe

Venkatappa Art Gallery (VAG) in Namma Bengaluru is unsafe and is to be razed,rebuilt.  The gallery is situated in Bengaluru, in the vicinity of Cubbon Park and next to the Bangalore Museum as well as the Vishvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum. It attracts artists and art lovers from all over Karnataka.

Who is Venkatappa?

Venkatappa, a nenowned artist, was born in 1886 in Mysuru. He studied fine arts in Chamarajendra Technical Institute, Mysuru from 1902 to 1908. He took up advanced studied in Fine Arts and Crafts in Kolkata under the guidance of Percy Bown and Abanindranath Tagore from 1909 to 1916. Venkatappa died in 1965.

History of Gallery

The Government of Mysuru had decided in 1966 that a gallery/museum was needed that could hold the paintings, musical instruments and plaster of paris,  bas reliefs which formed the collection of Karnataka’s most famous artist, K.Venkatappa (1886–1965), a pupil of Abanindranath Tagore. Thus the birth of Venkatappa Art Gallery.

The Art Gallery came into being with the foundation stone being laid by the then Chief Minister S.Nijalingappa on 24 November 1967. It took a long time to complete. Artists who were frustrated with the delays went on an innovative protest on the footpath in front of Bible Society demanding the gallery space be finished in 1971. Artists included G.S Shenoy, Bhaskar Rao, Ramesh Rao, Acharya and Punam Chattaya. The building was finally completed in 1975.

The  Gallery was intended to function both as a museum holding the works of K. Venkatappa as well as becoming a space for artists from all over Karnataka to use for their arts practice. Venkatappa Gallery is commonly mistaken for the Bangalore Museum as they both stand next to each other and yet they are very different. Venkatappa Art Gallery continues to be a space that accesses the contemporary holdings within it a museum as well as a gallery. Something quite rare in the history of the structure of museums.

Present situation

But now the building of Venkatappa Art Gallery is unsafe and is said to be in “danger” of caving in.  It is not even 50 years since it was constructed by the Public works department.  Worried about the health of this 43 year old building, the Government of Karnataka has decided to demolish it and rebuild it.

Tourism Minister Sa Ra Mahesh said the idea was to give the Venkatappa Art Gallery a complete makeover.  According to him the building of VAG is slowly sinking as there is a moat around it.  The water in the moat has weakened the foundation of the building.  The building has developed huge cracks.

The department of Heritage, Museum and Archaeology is in the process of writing to the PWD department to submit plans and designs for the proposed new buildings.

Karnataka to fund 50 startups this year

Karnataka to fund 50 startups this year

The Government of Karnataka will fund start-ups, selected at Elevate 2018, where over 250 startups presented their final pitches to a panel of experts for funding.

The program is run under the Startup Karnataka initiative of the Ministry of IT-BT and S&T. In its second year, the program received over 600 applications from across the State, from a variety of tech startups.

Two hundred and fifty startups were shortlisted for the finals, of which 50 will be picked for government grants and funding.

Last year 1,700 startups applied, and the government funded 100 companies. The Karnataka Government has provided Rs 42 crore to 177 startups so far, and has already disbursed Rs 30 crore.

The average score to qualify for a mini-grant of Rs 5 lakh was 60. Only those startups that score more than 90 percent, on an average, will receive a grant of Rs 50 lakh. The pitching session was for six minutes and the Q&A lasted six minutes. Questions similar to general funding required, the R&D and folks value, advertising prices, working capital for the subsequent 12 months had been among the questions posed by jury members to startups.

The hub featured a unique gathering of energy focused startups, Venture Capitalists, Energy Experts and Academia, among others.

The Karnataka Government puts in a maximum of Rs 50 lakh per startup for those it believes will make the maximum impact on technology and society.

 

 

 

Without required land – PPP can’t take off

Without required land – PPP can’t take off

The Government of Karnataka is actively promoting public private partnership in some identified infrastructure projects like Airport projects, software parks, biotech parks, elevated express ways, railway lines, ports etc.

In a major decision, the Government of Karnataka has decided that no infrastructure projects involving private-public partnership known as PPP model will be considered for implementation if 70% of the required land is not available.

These include big-ticket projects such as Disneyland in Bengaluru.  The project report includes 145 projects worth Rs.1.68 lakh crore in the pipeline.  13 projects worth Rs.2,775 crore under construction and 16 projects worth Rs.4,103 crore completed.

The decision assumes significance in the wake of many lift irrigation schemes such as Singatalur and road works, civic infrastructure works in urban areas among many others stuck due to unavailability of land.

The minimum land clause, was an extension of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, which makes it mandatory for PPP projects to have prior consent of 70% land owners from whom land is to be acquired.

With the re-jigged PPP policy for infrastructure projects, the government has increased the single-window sanction limit to Rs 500 crore from the existing Rs 50 crore. The policy also prescribes interventions to ensure better implementation of projects.