After Kerala, now Karnataka government is all set to launch an integrated m-governance platform on October 30, 2013, the initiative will allow citizens to access various government services through a mobile phone.
Karnataka already has an m-governance platform i.e. mobile.karnataka.gov.in which is running on pilot basis. Services like Sakala services; utility services such as electricity, water, and BSNL landline and mobile bill payments; traffic services like bus routes and timing information, and traffic alerts service and pending traffic fine payments etc. are part of the pilot project.
“We look forward to our mobile governance project, which is going to be launched pretty soon. We have a pilot, we are the global leaders in this space, and this hopefully will be the next big thing in e-governance and mobile governance space, where any transaction which we can do through phone, shall be done through phone,” said IT/BT secretary Srivatsa Krishna.
The application will include Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD), Wireless Application Protocol (WAP), and Interactive Voice Response (IVR).
For the m-governance platform Karnataka government has signed up with value-added service provider OnMobile, but has kept the financial details undisclosed. Apart from this, it has also signed up with Pune based manufacturer of rural wireless automation products Ossian Agro Automation, Hubli-based NextDrop and Babajobs.
Ossian Agro Automation will offer its product called Nano Ganesh which allows farmers to remotely monitor their pumpsets using a mobile phone; NextDrop will offer its smart water supply messaging service; whereas Babajobs which is job portal, will be providing jobs information via SMS and IVR in the local language.
Last year the Department of IT had made an announced regarding the framework for mobile governance India.
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