Rajnath launches e-Chhawani portal, mobile app for residents of Cantonment Boards

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Combined Commanders' Conference

New Delhi (NVI): Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today launched E-Chhawani portal and mobile application, to provide online civic services to over 20 lakh residents of 62 Cantonment Boards across the country.

The portal (https://echhawani.gov.in/), jointly developed by eGov Foundation, Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Directorate General Defence Estates (DGDE) and National Informatics Centre (NIC), provides a platform to the residents to avail these services from the comfort of their home.

“Through this portal, the residents of cantonment areas will be able to avail basic services like renewal of leases, application for birth & death certificates and payment of different types of taxes and fees, with just a click of a button,” the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

Speaking on the occasion, the Defence Minister described the E-Chhawani portal as an innovative effort to transform the functioning of Cantonment Boards, in line with the vision of ‘New India’.

He expressed confidence that the portal will ensure effectiveness and transparency of the services distribution system of the Cantonment Boards and provide time-bound solutions to the residents and also asked the concerned officers to periodically gather the feedback of beneficiaries in order to make the portal more citizen friendly.

The Defence Minister also reiterated the government’s commitment of socio-economic development of the country by providing maximum facilities to the people and making the administration efficient & transparent.

He said the government is striving to make the system citizen-friendly and provide services that facilitate ‘ease of living’ and ‘ease of doing’ for the people.

“Initiatives like ‘Minimum Government – Maximum Governance’, Digital India and E-Governance were launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to promote good governance and ease of living for the people,” Singh said, adding that, the launch of the E-Chhawani portal is a big step in that direction.

The Defence Minister further stated that in the last few years, India has emerged as a global powerhouse and a land of opportunities due to its strong presence in the fields of defence, economy, trade, IT, agriculture & investment.

Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, Director General Defence Estates (DGDE) Deepa Bajwa and other senior civil and military officials of Ministry of Defence were also present on the occasion, the statement added.

-RJV