Maharashtra Government to commission mobile app for citizens' services

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Wednesday that his government has plans to make available some 250 services to the citizens through a new mobile phone application.

"The government has made available online access to 150 services, which various departments offer and wants to add 100 more. These services will also be available through a network of SETU service centres and all the 250 services will be available on mobile phones through an app by October 2 (Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti) this year," Fadanvis said.

Ralph Gillessen, Member of Executive Board & COO SQS, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, Girish Bapat – Guardian Minister of Pune, Subhash Desai - Industries Minister of Maharashtra and Gireendra Kasmalkar, Director & CEO SQS India at the event
Ralph Gillessen, Member of Executive Board & COO SQS, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, Girish Bapat – Guardian Minister of Pune, Subhash Desai - Industries Minister of Maharashtra and Gireendra Kasmalkar, Director & CEO SQS India at the event

The chief minister was speaking at an event held to formally inaugurate SQS India Infosystems, the Indian subsidiary of Euro 268.5 million global software testing specialist SQS Group of Germany. The company has invested Rs 95 crore in the 1.75 lakh sq ft facility, which is in Phase 3 of Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park in Hinjewadi.

Fadanvis said the state will implement the Right to Service Act, which it introduced last year with full commitment in its effort to make the life of Maharashtra's citizens better. The government will also fully support start-up enterprises as they have high potential of generating employment for the state's youth, he added. "Maharashtra government will make its administration transparent, efficient and people oriented," CM Devendra Fadanvis said.

The state's Industries Minister Subhash Desai said the government will leave no stone unturned to be of help to businesses, which want to make investments in Maharashtra.

Ralph Gillessen, chief operating officer and member of the executive board of SQS Germany, said most of the growth for the Group's global operations is taking place in Pune and the pace of this growth will continue. The company has already drawn up expansion plans and will raise its employee count in Pune, which is presently 900 to 2000 in the next two to three years. Additionally the company will also participate in skill training of the state's underprivileged and open employment opportunities for them, he added.

Gireendra Kasmalkar, director and chief executive officer of SQS India, said the company's operations in Pune will comprise software testing for business verticals including insurance, retail, manufacturing, energy, utilities and telecommunications. "Heads of business for each of these verticals will operate out of this facility and work closely with the global sales teams," Kasmalkar said.

Spread across 1.75 Lac square feet this new facility of SQS has come up at the Phase 3 of Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park at Hinjewadi and has been announced to be the largest facility of the company in the world. It has been created with an investment of about Rs. 95 crore and has the capacity to accommodate over 1000 employees. SQS is a world leader in software testing.

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