Hitech “e-Spandana” launched in Bagalkot district (Pics)

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Bagalkot, Aug 1: It was a thrilling experience for the people of Kundaragi, a remote village in Bilgi taluk of Bagalkot district on Thursday evening. Occasion was the launch of "e-Spandana", a unique method of hearing public using hi-tech video conferencing interface.

The villagers had gathered in front of a huge LED screen set up at the Ramalingeshwara School. Who was coming on the screen from other end was the Minister for Information Technology Sri S R Patil. Sitting with Deputy Commissioner P A Megannanavar and other senior officials at the district headquarters of Bagalkot, the minister was listening to remotely located people through video conferencing. He was trying to find solutions to their problems instantly. Where it (instant solution) was not possible, he was assuring them of time bound relief.

Basavaraj Khoth, a cooperative leader from the Kundaragi wanted a pakka asphalted road to Kovalli 4 km from his village. It would be done Patil said amid applause.

The Bilagi MLA J T Patil, who presided over the function, stressed the need for constructing a link road between Janamatti Rehabiliation Centre and the village. Patil on the other end asked the UKP Rehabilitation Commissioner Shivayogi Kalasad, who was sitting next to him, whether the demand could be met or not. After a brief consultation with his colleagues Kalasad moved his head in affirmative. Obviously, cheer ruptured at the village end.

Government at the doorstep of rural masses; Villagers get instant relief; Deman

 

Sugappa, a senior citizen demanded more number of buses connecting taluk and district headquarters. Though Minister could not give instant relief he said he would come out positively after taking up the matter with NWKRTC authorities. This was how the e-Spandan went on for over two hours.

Formally launching the e-Spandana, Vishweshwar Bhat, Editor-in-Chief of Kannada Prabha and Suvarna News 24x7, said the emergence of information and communication technology has transformed the world a global village. And for the common people, he said, it had brought in global opportunities at their doorstep.

The widely travelled journalist Bhat said perhaps it was for the first time such an interface had been provided to the rural people. It would reduce the burden of people, who otherwise had to travel all the way to taluk and district headquarters and move from pillar to post. They had to wait days together to have an audience with officers, MLAs and Ministers. Even after all these arduous exercise, the desired results were not ensured, he added.

Congratulating the Minister for taking up the unique initiative Bhat called upon the villagers to reap a maximum benefit from the e-Spandana platform.

Bhat asked why wouldn't other Ministers and MLAs also undertake e-Spandana across the State? Responding to this Patil said it was an initiative under Barefoot IT group he founded along with like minded people. If the program was successful in Bagalkot, others could also follow. It was attempt to take the government at the doorstep of rural masses. The initiative would work like a bridge between people and the government machinery, and bring in more transparency in administration, the Minister said.

Many used the occasion to convey their good wishes to Patil on the occasion of his birthday.

According to Srijan Pal Singh, who is the key person behind the initiative, - the e-Spandana tool will go long way in providing one to one interaction between people and those in power. It provides common platform eradicating hierarchical barriers. Even common man can speak in equal terms with those in power. It has all the potential to replace the traditional way of governance and reaching the people. Unmistakably, it makes rulers more accountable and provides quick relief, he asserts.

See pictures from the event here:

Government at the doorstep of rural masses

The villagers had gathered in front of a huge LED screen set up at the Ramalingeshwara School. Who was coming on the screen from other end was the Minister for Information Technology Sri S R Patil.

Villagers get instant relief

Sitting with Deputy Commissioner P A Megannanavar and other senior officials at the district headquarters of Bagalkot, the minister was listening to remotely located people through video conferencing. He was trying to find solutions to their problems instantly. Where it (instant solution) was not possible, he was assuring them of time bound relief

Demand for state-wide implementation

The Bilagi MLA J T Patil, who presided over the function, stressed the need for constructing a link road between Janamatti Rehabiliation Centre and the village

Government at the doorstep of rural masses

Congratulating the Minister for taking up the unique initiative Mr. Bhat called upon the villagers to reap a maximum benefit from the e-Spandana platform

 

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