District e-Service Centres

Single center to connect for services at the district

Establishing ICT facilitated one-stop service centre at every district which provides an efficient electronic version of the century-old manual and heavily bureaucratic service delivery system. Show more

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Over the past 200 years, District Administration has been the hub for government services for the mass residing in rural and urban areas. A wide range of useful services to citizens are provided from the DC offices regarding control and supervision of revenue, maintenance of public order and security, license and certificates, land acquisitions, census, relief and rehabilitation, social welfare, pension matters, education and public examinations, public complaints and enquiries. By providing these services, the DC office represents the National Government at the district.

Inefficiencies and challenges of an archaic system

The conventional system of office management and service delivery at the DC offices is paper-based, which is time consuming and labour intensive for both the service provider and receiver. Moreover, as it is inflexible so it causes delay in the service delivery process and is prone to abuse or corruption and can hinder access to the poor, marginalized and vulnerable. Due to shortage of manpower and infrastructure, DC offices are also unable to meet the high demand for services from the growing population. Therefore, it has become imperative to put in place an innovative solution combining back-end automation with efficient services points to improve the quality and speed of services at the DC offices.

Goals for improving accessibility and transparency

Services cannot be truly delivered to citizens’ doorsteps unless they are decentralized. Based on this premise, a2i in partnership with the Cabinet Division piloted the first ever DESC at Jessore DC office. The District e-Service Centre (DESC) is an ICT facilitated one-stop service center which provides an efficient electronic version of the century-old manual and heavily bureaucratic service delivery system at every DC office. It is located in the Deputy Commissioner’s (DC) office. On 14 November, 2011 Shaikh Hasina, the Hon’ble Prime Minister of Bangladesh and Mr. Ban-ki-Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations jointly inaugurated all the 64 DESCs – one each in all 64 districts in Bangladesh. DESC has been designed to improve the accessibility and transparency of public service delivery system at the district level to achieve the following:

  • Ensure service delivery at the at the doorsteps of the people at the least possible time
  • Uphold citizens’ Rights to Information through extensive information flow
  • Save time and labor in the processing period
  • Increase the number of clients served everyday through the use of ICT
  • Reduce corruption and increase accountability by ensuring enhanced flow of information and more transparent processes.
  • Greater access and efficient processing has reduced barriers of culture, class, gender and distance in the delivery of public services.
  • Enhanced tracking systems will ensure more accountability and transparency in public services delivery leading to better governance. Greater transparency will ensure minimal involvement of middlemen and reduce levels of corruption.

Results

Citizens are now able to submit their applications online from service centers located at the DC office. They can even submit applications at the DESC through the District Portal –a web portal containing information and e-services of a district –from Digital Centers located at every Union – the lowest tier of administration – or from their own home without having to travel to the district headquarters. Upon submitting their applications, citizens receive an SMS notification with a receipt number and date of service delivery. They can choose to receive the service in-person from the concerned DC office or by postal mail if the application is regarding request for any documents. During the waiting period, citizens are able to check the status of their lodged applications though SMS or District Portals.

This initiative of a2i is well in line with the SDG goal no.16 that directs countries to build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

Facts & Figures


All 64


District e-Service Centres

800+


Thousand applications processed

Cases and Stories


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Simplifying the Process of Receiving Citizenship Certificate

Citizen faced problems in receiving citizenship certificate because of the complexity of the process. On that process at first a citizen needed to…

Simplifying the Process of Receiving Citizenship Certificate

Problem: 

Citizen faced problems in receiving citizenship certificate because of the complexity of the process. On that process at first a citizen needed to submit a manual application to mayor at the Pourashava Office. Since it was not possible to recognize all the person of the area by mayor, thus the application was sent to the local representatives for the identification of the applicant. In order to get the identification and recommendation from the respective public representatives, sometimes a citizen faced different complexities to get it and needed  to spend extra money.  Then the recommendation letter obtained from the local representative had to submit at pourashava office which was latter verified by the Pourashava secretary. Then the application was sent to mayor for the final endorsement. After completion of all procedures certificate was provided to the applicant.  Thus the whole process took much time, cost and several visits 

 

Solution:  

In order to reduce the sufferings of the citizen to get the citizenship certificate, a new system has been adopted where a citizen can receive the certificate by only his or her verbal request and displaying the birth certificate or by providing necessary information. Then Poura authority verifies the information with the information kept in the national web portal (bris.lgd.gov.bd.com) of birth registration or by justifying the permanent addresses and then provide the certificate to the applicants.

 

Result:

After implementing the project, the process of certificate receiving system becomes more simple and hassle free. The project able to save time, cost and visit of the service by 98.96%, 90% and 83.33% respectively. Besides the TCV, the project able to obtain some other outcomes like,

  • Prevention of false certification and recommendation.
  • Identification of the person whom birth registration is not completed yet and then helping them to complete their registration with a right procedure in a short time.
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