State gears up to implement RTPS Act

Bhubaneswar:  Running from pillar to post for land records or new water connection could be a thing of past if the state government, as decided earlier implements the much-hyped Right To Public Services (RTPS) Act from Wednesday.

Under the act, citizens will be offered services like issuance of driving license, birth/death certificate, passport and trade license within a stipulated timeframe. The government functionaries, according to the Act have to give a time limit to provide the services, failing which they would draw penalties.

To start with, 32 services of seven administrative departments will come under the purview of the Act. These are; Commerce and Transport (11), Revenue and Disaster Management (12), Health and Family Welfare (3), Finance (2), Home (2), Rural Dev (1) and Women and Child Dev (1).

According to government officials all 75 services will be included subsequently.

In an effort to help citizens avail the services, the state government has instructed its officials to display timeframe of the services to be offered. Also it plans for massive campaign to popularise the Act and training for its concerned officials to understand the importance of the Act to make it success.

Odisha will be the 12th state in the country to implement the law after Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Bihar, Uttarakhand,  and Chhattishgarh.