Government has approved the extension of Online Building Plan Approval System (OBPAS) under eChhawani portal to five more Cantonment Boards, namely Agra, Ranikhet, Babina, Jammu and Cannanore.
- eChhawani is a citizen-centric project of the Directorate General of Defence Estates, Ministry of Defence.
- Under this initiative, Cantonment Boards provide online citizen services to more than 20 lakh residents across 62 Cantonments in the country through the unified eChhawani Portal.
- It aims to improve citizen interaction with Cantonment Boards while making Cantonment Board employees better equipped, informed and responsive to public needs with transparency and in an effective manner.
- It enables citizens to avail the various services online rendered by the Cantonment Boards through Cantonment Board websites.
About 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 the eight elected members and three nominated military members.
- It also comprises 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 the 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.