Defence Minister launches e-Chhawani Portal

The Defence Minister of India, Rajnath Singh, has launched the e-Chhawani portal on February 16, 2021.

E-Chhawani Project

  • With the launch of this portal, the residents of Cantonment areas can now register their complaints with respect to the civic issues.
  • The portal would also help in resolving the complaints regarding the civic issues from home.
  • This portal will work with the objective of refining the system and improving the Ease of Living for people.
  • The e-Chhawani project was launched with the aim of providing online municipal services for more than 20 lakh citizens.
  • The services would be provided across 62 Cantonment Boards using the multi-tenancy central platform.
  • The portal can be used to file online application for renewal of leases and for getting the online registration of births and deaths.
  • It can also be used to file online application for water and sewerage connection in a simpler manner.

Cantonment Board

The cantonment board is a civic administration body. It functions under the Ministry of Defence in India. The board is constituted of the elected members, ex-officio members and nominated members in accordance with the Cantonments Act, 2006. The member of the board is elected for five years. The board comprises of the eight elected members and three nominated military members. It also comprises of the three ex-officio members namely, the garrison engineer, station commander and the senior executive medical officer besides one representative from the district magistrate.

Categories of Cantonments board

The cantonments are categorised into four categories:

  • Category I – where population exceeds 50,000.
  • Category II –where population stands between 10,000 to 50,000.
  • Category III – where population stands between 2500 to 10000
  • Category IV – where population stands below 2500.




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