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In 2002, the Information Kerala Mission (IKM) in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala - a government body established to strengthen local governance through ICT - launched Sulekha, a digital system designed to streamline local plan formulation, appraisal and approval, and monitoring.
Today, 100 percent of local bodies are utilizing the Sulekha software for annual plan formulation. All plans are project based and provide valuable insight into the areas that necessitate funds and how funds are used.
Sulekha facilitates an end-to-end decentralised plan process. Projects are classified by unique id through which the software becomes a comprehensive tracking system of local plans across the state. The digital records of plan details are copied onto CDs and sent for appraisal and approval to the technical advisory group (TAG) and District Planning Committee (DPC) respectively. Once submitted through Sulekha, all data (plan and expenditure) is uploaded to the central server and published on the website of the LSGD for public scrutiny.
Annually, Sulekha digitizes the records of the entire state’s 1.5 lakh project plans of 1223 local governments.