Bhubaneswar: The government has made a significant decision to launch the MUKTA Soft Application in 23 Urban Local Bodies (ULBs). Following the successful pilot implementation in two municipal areas of the state, Sharda Prasad Panda, Joint Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, has communicated this development through a letter to the concerned civic bodies.
The Mukta Soft Application is strategically employed to enhance transparency and punctuality in the execution of the Mukhyamantri Karma Tatpar Abhijana (MUKTA). Initially introduced on a trial basis in Dhenkanal and Jatni municipal bodies, its success has paved the way for its expansion to an additional 23 municipal bodies. These include prominent municipal corporations such as Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Berhampur, Rourkela, and Sambalpur, as well as other locations like Puri, Baripada, Kotpad, Jaipur, Keonjhar, Kesinga, Jharsuguda, Jajpur, Paradip, Chhatarpur, Hinjilikatu, Athagarh, Padmapur, Balangir, Phulbani, Boudhgarh, Bhadrak, and Balasore.
The Mukta Soft Application facilitates prompt payment of project charges under the scheme, aligning with the State Government’s commitment to providing employment opportunities in urban areas, with a focus on women self-help groups and slum development associations. Emphasis is placed on ensuring that these groups promptly receive their dues upon project completion.
In the current financial year, specifically by November 20, all details of Mukta projects are requested to be uploaded into the Mukta Soft Application. This includes projects that have received sanction but haven’t commenced, as well as those that have been completed with outstanding dues by the end of the week. Additionally, financial transactions related to the projects are to be recorded in the application, facilitating efficient monitoring, evaluation, and funding.
The City Mission Managers of the 23 municipal bodies will serve as nodal officers for the swift implementation of the Mukta Soft Scheme, with a dedicated ‘Help Desk’ at the SUDA Department overseeing daily project progress. However, it is emphasized that all valid projects must be uploaded by December 10, with 60 percent of them completed by December 20, marking the conclusion of the entire rollout process by the end of December.