Extending government’s online services with e-RENT
Some 21,000 tenants in Malta and Gozo, from now on, will
benefit from the convenience of paying rent bills for government property
through the new eRent website. The new web site is accessed by logging
onto the Malta Government portal www.gov.mt and by clicking on "Housing".
Launched by the Ministry for IT and Investment and the Ministry for
Justice and Home Affairs, the eRent website continues to facilitate
the interaction between the Government and the public.
Tenants can now pay by means of a credit card over the Internet and
at the same time they will be saving time from going to Valletta and
queuing up for payments. The system is easy to use, safe and secure
and, above all, there is no extra charge.
Logging onto the new website, the public will no longer have to go to
the Lands Department to pay the rent due. It is now possible to simply
fill in the on-line payment form and paying over the Internet by using
a credit card from a computer either at home, work place or at the Local
Council. In addition, tenants can also make use of the Web Phones, which
are installed in different localities around Malta. The money will go
into the rent account within three working days.
The recent addition of payment of rent due to the Government on immovable
property, by means of the Internet, is yet another step forward in further
strengthening the significant number of online electronic services available
for the Maltese public.
"Our aim is that 90 per cent of all government services will be
available online within a few months," said the Minister for IT
and Investment, Dr Austin Gatt. "Paying government rents by means
of the Internet is the latest addition to the range of online services
already available within the eGovernment programme. This is the result
of our process that was initiated only two and a half years ago, and
offers public services to all citizens in a manner that optimises the
timeliness and quality of response."
The Government Property Division (GPD), which is responsible for the
management of Government’s immovable estates, is a unit of the Ministry
for Justice and Home Affairs. One can log on the new web site for all
land registry documentation. The website also provides information and
initiatives of the Government Property Division and a very useful list
of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
The high technological change conducted by Government is providing real
and potential benefits for the Maltese public. Through the Government
portal: www.gov.mt, the Public Service has moved from the old legacy
systems to Internet standards. This means that Maltese citizens have
free and easy access to any online service.
The list of such services, within the e-Government programme, accessed
through the Internet via the government portal www.gov.mt, currently
includes: servizz.gov; Public Registry; e-Examinations; e-Licences;
Acquisition of Immovable Property; Marriage Grants; Elderly & persons
with disability online services; court services and legal services;
Local Enforcement System; and the Inland Revenue Department website.
These on-line services are opening new possibilities many of which were
not even dreamt of by most of us just a couple of years ago. It is in
everyone’s interest now that these on-line services are increasingly
available, that more people take advantage of the improvement in the
quality of life they can bring with them.