Naveen Banks on ‘Accessible Government’ on Biju Patnaik’s Birth Anniversary

To make the government services easily accessible to the people of the state, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik unveiled three thousand ‘Mo Seba Kendras’ (citizen service centres) to ensure that beneficiaries do not have to make countless rounds of government offices to avail of basic services.

Patnaik also inaugurated the OdishaOne portal, the online counterpart to the Mo Seba Kendras, to provide the same services from the comfort of the home. The inauguration was done on the day of Biju Patnaik’s 105th birth anniversary – a state holiday also known as the Panchayati Raj Diwas. The chief minister added that the government was trying to launch more than seven thousand such citizen centres, with at least one in every gram panchayat and a target ratio of at least one centre for every 25,000 people in urban centres.

“Biju Babu had the vision to spread the benefits of technology to every village. He always wanted the common man to benefit from science. The Mo Seba Kendra is a step in that direction. While empowering people, our government’s effort is to serve them with respect. This is the essence of our 5T initiative and Mo Sarkar. Our focus is to ensure people get services with minimum hassle,” the chief minister said.

Officials said that the government intends to shift more than seven hundred services to the service centres and the OdishaOne portal. At present, around four hundred services are being dispensed from the portal including payment of electricity and water bills, issuance of birth, death and nativity certificates, et cetera. The move to set up these Kendras would also bring in more jobs, an estimated 8000, as the counters will also have to be manned.

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