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Bengaluru | Published: March 14, 2015 1:14:23 AM

Karnataka, which has been among the early adopters of e-governance programmes...

Karnataka, which has been among the early adopters of e-governance programmes, now plans to set up a big data platform in a bid to make government services more effective, chief minister Siddaramaiah said on Friday. The move, which Siddaramaiah announced while presenting the state’s budget for FY16, comes a few months after the government launched Karnataka Mobile One, an e-governance platform through which citizens can access over 4,500 services on a mobile phone.

“A big data platform will be established. It will enable effective decision making in providing government to citizen (G2C) services by analysing the data,” Siddaramaiah said in his budget speech. He added that a total provision of R51 crore has been made for e-governance initiatives during 2015-16.

Around 1.22 lakh users have so far downloaded the Karnataka Mobile One application launched in December 2014 and 60 lakh hits have been received with a transaction value of over R1.6 crore, he said.

The budget for FY16 reflected a 10.67% increase in plan size at R72,597 crore as compared to a plan size of R65,600 crore in the previous fiscal.
“The stress of the CM in having a transparent administration will reap many dividends as more investors will be encouraged to set up shop in Karnataka,” said Shekar Viswanathan, chairman, CII Karnataka, adding that the focus on enforcing the state’s industrial policy will also help in making it an attractive investment destination. The industry body welcomed the budget initiatives on improving infrastructure in Bengaluru and also the proposed Bengaluru — Mumbai Economic Corridor and the National Investment and Manufacturing Zone at Tumakuru district.

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