In May 2020, Karnataka launched a mobile application called Kayaka Mitra (Friend of the Farmer) for paperless registration of job demands under MGNREGA. The app enables electronic submission of demand and automatic receipt at the Panchayat office.
With a confirmation SMS, the worker is guaranteed employment within 15 days. So far, 15,000+ downloads and 20,000+ work demands have been raised. A statewide toll-free helpline 1800-4258-666 is also working to record job applications, concerns and grievances, receiving over 300 calls daily.
Individual works can also be demanded using this mobile application