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MANGALORE: The Dakshina Kannada district administration has launched a helpline to provide information about Government schemes and the day-to-day activities of various departments.
Although Deputy Commissioner V. Ponnuraj stated that the helpline had been launched in a press statement, a call to that number revealed that it is yet to be activated.
In the first phase, the people could obtain information related to Revenue Department, certain activities of the Mangalore City Corporation, and other urban local bodies at the Deputy Commissioner’s office, Mr. Ponnuraj said.
Information pertaining to conversion of land from agricultural to non-agricultural purposes, purchase and sale of lands and related problems, changing of records of rights of khatha and permission for possessing rifle and such other activities could also be obtained from the Deputy Commissioner’s office. The urban local bodies would be able to furnish information regarding different types of licences; construction of buildings; and related permissions and details regarding sites.
The Deputy Commissioner said that people would get the information sought by them within a fortnight. They could dial cellphone 9379844057 or landline 0824-2220592, or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org, Mr. Ponnuraj said that the facility would create a direct link between the people and the Government. People could personally apply for information at the second floor of his office, the Deputy Commissioner said. He said that each inquiry would be entered in a register and forwarded to the department concerned for early reply. The information would be made available to the people on the appointed day. The facility would be extended to all departments in a phased manner, he said.
An official, who answered the call to the helpline, however, told The Hindu that the helpline was yet to be fully activated.
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