BANGALORE: The state government’s Sakala initiative to ensure timely services for citizens from various government departments and agencies, has won the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management award for this year, said Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister T B Jayachadra on Saturday.
Speaking to reporters, Jayachandra said the flagship programme of the state bagged the top honour at a recent event in Malaysia.
The minister said the Sakala scheme was shortlisted along with nominations from 13 other countries.
“Sakala beat the public service initiatives and programmes of Trinidad and Tobago and Singapore in the final round,” he said.
Jayachandra dedicated the award to over six lakh state government employees.
He said ever since the launch of the scheme, as many as 6.11 crore applications were received from the public and 6.03 crore cleared so far. The minister said the government had cleared 58,000 files in the recent file clearance drive.
He said the government has decided to implement this drive in district and taluk government offices between November 1 and 30. “The Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms will issue a circular to this effect soon,” he said.