BANGALORE: Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda on Monday asked officials to deliver all services sought by citizens under the provisions of the newly-launched Sakala scheme failing which they maybe punished.
Speaking after launching the scheme here, Gowda wanted officials to provide 151 services under 11 departments. The name of the scheme indicates the citizens should get benefits from various government schemes within a stipulated period as per the Guarantee of Services Act 2011. The scheme was launched statewide and is now available in all 175 taluks across the state.
“This project is close to my heart. Out of my 20 years service in politics this is a landmark achievement. This revolutionary step is an attempt to make the government services reach out to every citizen with complete transparency,” he said.
Gowda, also added that maintaining a deadline will be important. “Any officer guilty of delaying the service will be penalised and have to pay the beneficiary a fine of Rs 20 per day and it may go up to Rs 500. Eventually he will be dismissed from the office for not delivering the work on time. Services have to be provided within 120 days of the request,” he added. He said a record will be maintained, which will be referred during the promotion. If a black mark was found in the register, the officer’s promotion maybe stalled.