Minister of State for Transport Sunil Kumar Sharma, today launched e-Vahan and e-Sarthi services of the Transport Department through the platform of Common Service Centres.Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Hemant Kumar Sharma, Secretary Transport, M. Raju, Transport Commissioner Saugat Biswas, and Chief Operating Officer, CSC e-Governance Services India Ltd. (CSC-SPV) Rishiraj Singh were also present.Speaking on the occasion, Sunil Kumar Sharma informed that the Jammu & Kashmir State, in the last two years, has initiated and successfully implemented various measures for bringing in transparency in the Department. “Today’s launch is a step further to provide Licence and driver related services near the doorsteps of the public by facilitating these services through Common Service Centres (CSCs) located in almost every panchayat of the State” he added.While congratulating the CSC-SPV and the Motor Vehicles Department, he hoped that Village level Entrepreneurs (VLEs) running these CSCs shall work with utmost devotion, honesty and in an effectively public-friendly mode. The Minister emphasised that the Department is committed to provide efficient and prompt services and appreciated the fact that the State is among the first few to have successfully moved on to Dealer Assisted Registration. He also desired that the problem being faced by VLCs be also appropriately looked after by the concerned agencies.
Earlier, the Motor Vehicles Department and CSC-SPV entered into an MoU for providing CSC platform for e-Vahan and e-Sarthi Services. Giving background of the significant measures taken by the Motor Vehicles Department, Saugat Biswas informed that the State was among the first States in the country to have fully implemented the upgraded online Services of the Government of India viz. Sarthi and Vahan 4.0. He added that with the launch of today’s event, public can now pay for token tax / fees , apply for duplicate Registration Certification, transfer of ownership, fitness certification, apply for Learner’s and driving licence, book slot for learner’s test or driving test, besides renewal / replacement etc. of driving licences through the Common Services Centres located throughout the State on a nominal fee of Rs. 50/- on each service. He appealed the public to make the best use of this facility which shall benefit general public especially those who are not computer-savvy and are residing in remote and rural areas.Rishi Raj Singh from CSC-SPV gave a detailed overview of the functioning of the organization and expressed his gratitude to the Motor Vehicles Department for its proactive approach in this noble initiative. Mr. Zameer Qureshi of the Motor Vehicles Department presented the procedure of various online services available through CSCs.MD SRTC Mir Afroz, Director State Motor Garages Zakir Chaudhary, Additional Transport Commissioner Mohinder Singh, Joint Transport Commissioner Vikas Sharma, officers of Motor Vehicles Department Farooq Renzu Shah State head CSC, Shahnawaz GM, CSC-SPV, representatives of CSC-SPV and VLEs drawn from both Jammu and Kashmir region.