Underpinning the perspective of empowerment, BLS International Services has given the age old concept of e-governance practice a new dimension in the Punjab state. Being eminent as the best personification of success of e-governance in the state, BLS has shaped up the actual concept of Punjab Sewa Kendras, which was initiated in 2005 by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh. Giving this dream project of Captain Amarinder Singh a new direction, the journey of BLS was initiated in the month of August 2016. Since inception, 2,147 Sewa Kendras have already been set up across the state wherein in excess of 4 million footfall has been registered till recently. This wondrous milestone would not have been attained without the support of Punjab Government. In every aspect, accountability and transparency of the state government has also been trusted by the people of Punjab to a great extent. Considering the present footfall and mounting number of applications, it is expectant that in next one year 50 percent population of the state would start visiting these Sewa Kendras for availing multiple cost effective government services wherein the concept of women empowerment would set a new benchmark in the said domain. For any responsible government, delivering an unparalleled and effortless service ensures the extent of accountability that a government posses.Prioritising the concept of women empowerment by mitigating the social impediment on their ways, several social security and development services are brought into practice through these Sewa Kendras in Punjab. The key services rendered under this development scheme are about 145 services amongst them are: Bus passes to senior citizens handicapped people, issue of identity cards to all categories of specially-able persons, sanction of all social security benefits to old ages handicappeds widow in rural and urban areas, sanction of financial assistance to dependent children in rural and urban areas and senior citizen’s I-Cards.Besides strengthening the concept of women empowerment in Punjab, these Kendras have also been a significant source of livelihood to about 5000 people including the specially-able people.
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