Come January, people in 20 villages in backward Chamarajanagar district need not come all the way to district or taluk headquarters to book their railway tickets or pay utility bills. They can avail all facilities under one roof in their villages.
Thanks for the GPOne (Gram Panchyat One), being introduced for the first time ever in the State that will make it easy for the villagers to pay their utility bills right at their door steps. GPOne will function on the lines of Bengaluru One and Mysuru One.
About a month ago, the Hangala Gram Panchyat was chosen for GPOne. Of the 4,000 people residing in the village on an average daily 15 to 20 people are utilising the services of GPOne.
Overwhelmed by the response officials have identified 20 more gram panchyats to extend the facility. Beginning this January, nearly 50,000 people of this 20 GPs will avail 17 services all provided under one roof.
Some of the other Gram Panchayats being selected are: Tarakanambi, Sagada, Beggur in Gundlupet; while MM Hills, Ramapura, Mangala in Kollegal Taluk, Arave, Yaraganahalli, Hebbasuru in Chamarajanagar Taluk and other few GPs in Yelandur.
But the only hindrance is providing uninterputed power supply in these select villages which are chosen to provide GPone. Already eight GPs are producing 2 kW of power from the solar energy, which they use to run fan and computers. While few other GPs will get uninterrupted power supply under Nrinathara Jyothi Scheme. For remaining GPs officials have been asked to fix solar panels in days to come.
Villager Mangalamma says: 'We are immensely benefited with the facility and the time it saves. Earlier, I waited for my husband to pay the bills or get mobile recharged. Whereas, now I do itself myself with the facility available in locality. The GPOne intiative not only saves money, whereas presioucs time and the pain to wander from post to pillars to get work done.'
Another villager Shamanna of Hanagal said: Hangal GP being located at Tamil Nadu and Kerala Border we were facing severe power problem. When the officials set up solar panals for GPOne to produce power, it motivated others in the village, thereby educating villagers about the importance of solar energy.
Dr KH Narasimha Murthy, Chief Executive Officer, Zilla Panchayat, Chamarajanagar district said that in days to come the facility will be extended to all the 130 gram panchayats in the district in a phased manner.
Claiming Chamrajnagar is the first district in the country to come up with this concept, he said in future additional services will be added, and the GPOne concept will become a model for the country.
Services villagers can access : Payment of water bills, house tax, electricity bills, booking of bus and railway tickets and even air tickets; money transfer, recharge of mobile, DTH and other services, Aadhar cards, Ration Cards online application, and much more.