28 December, New Delhi
As part of the ambitious ‘Digital India’ programme, the government plans to make ‘Digital Village’ across the country, by linking all schemes with technology, Minister for Communication and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad Monday said.
Speaking at the inauguration of the Good Governance Week here, Prasad said, “The digital village would be powered by LED lighting, solar energy, skill development centres, e-services like e-education and e-health and others.
To make this programme a success, District Collectors and District Information Officers (DIOs) will have to play an important role and it will be the real test for District Collectors, the Minister added.
He said the government was aiming at empowering people of the country through digitisation. Millions of citizens have already joined in this initiative and he invited others to do so.
He said e-services should reach the maximum number of people at the earliest and sought cooperation from state governments, industry and academicia for early achievement of this objective. Prasad said through the Digital India programme, so far 12,000 post office branches have been linked with the core banking and by March next year, 25,000 branches would have core banking facilities.
The Minister also announced that by March 2017, India Post would be launching the Payment Banking.Other services, which were announced on the occasion, included WiFi hot spots at Har ki Pauri in Haridwar and Dargah Sharif in Ajmer, Pan India free incoming roaming facility for MTNL customers, North East BPO promotion scheme, digitally programable low-cost hearing aid developed by CDAC and KELTRON, online laboratory for schools students and Text-To-Speech software in nine Indian languages developed in collaboration with IIT Chennai.
He presented awards to the best performing districts of the state during the Digital India Week event held from July 1 to 7.