Bengaluru: Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday launched Prati Bimba (meaning reflection)— a website to highlight the achievements and progress of various government projects in the state.

The website will serve as a tool to improve efficiency in governance, transparency and accountability and will also allow citizens to track the status on projects, Siddaramaiah said.

Siddaramaiah’s dashboard follows the footsteps of his counterpart N.Chandrababu Naidu’s CORE, or chief minister’s office real time, executive dashboard used by Andhra Pradesh which includes features like targets and achievements in various departments, including tax collection data, number of street lights, energy consumption, housing and ease of doing business index data among others on an online platform.

“Voters elect leaders and give put us in power. Political parties release their manifestos before elections and after completing their respective terms. People have a right to know what has been done and Prati Bimba will help share this information," Siddaramaiah said.

The chief minister’s attempt to connect with the citizens comes amid criticism of non-performance, delays in file clearances and corruption allegations against the Congress government in the state which goes to polls next year.

The state government had also scrapped the Rs1,791-crore steel flyover project in Bengaluru, which came under sharp criticism from various citizens forums and opposition parties.

Siddaramaiah said that the government under his leadership has fulfilled at least 125 of the 165 assurances made in its manifesto. The website will be updated on a monthly basis, he said while adding that it would help bring more transparency, accountability and efficiency in governance. The chief minister will present the state budget later this month.

Prati Bimba will be expanded and diversified to include other aspects including evaluation of district level performance, integration of many solutions on a single dashboard platform and feedback mechanism for citizens, the state government said in a statement on Tuesday.

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