Honour for K'taka Dist

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Udupi, Jan 26 (UNI) With the launch of 'Antharjaala Vahini' or internet access to the common man in the Deputy Commissioner's Office on the occasion of Republic Day today, this district has become the first in the State to have such facility to alleviate the common man's plight.

Launching the facility after hoisting the National Flag, Deputy Commissioner V Ponnuraj told the press under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, citizens were now able to access permissible files through 'Nemmadi Kendra' or internet centres.

Unlike in the past, applicants henceforth need not have to visit his office frequently to know the position of their application.

They had to only access the internet to know all details and progress of the application.

Set up at the total cost of Rs 20 lakh through contributions by famous temples from the district and State Bank of India, Antharjaala Vahini would also provide 100 per cent transparency at no cost.

Complaints such as missing files would be totally eliminated, he claimed.

Mr Ponnuraj, who had now been transferred to Ramanagar District, said in the next phase, he proposed to extend all public service facilities available now at the DC office to village level through 'Janata Vahini' Scheme for the benefit of the rural people.

The administration also proposed the facility of enquiring about the progress of applications by telephone.

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