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Intel launches initiative to boost rural digitization

by SowmyaNovember 19, 2015

Global IT giant Intel on Wednesday launched a centre in a Telangana state,India under a new initiative aimed at working with the governments of various states to create a blueprint for digitisation of rural India.The first such Digital India Unnati Kendra under the initiative “Ek Kadam Unnati Ki Aur” has come up in Nadimpalle village in Mahabubnagar district.

It will be used to create the framework for the Telangana model digital village. Besides providing various citizen services under the Telangana government’s e-panchayat program, the center will provide devices, relevant local content and training for citizens thereby creating opportunities for development and empowerment.

“The first centre is already up and running in Mahabubnagar. So far the response has been fantastic. Over 800 villagers have been using it and we hope to scale this model and ensure that when Digital India happens it happens the right way,” she said. “We are in discussion with different states, to create more centres and we are working with 10 states to finalise on how many centres we will have…it will depend on the need of the states,” said Debjani Ghosh, Vice President of Sales and Marketing Group (Managing Director, South Asia, Intel) .

She said technology will not be magic but the magic will be how it is used to create more jobs and create more impact in terms of development.Connecting rural India needs a 360 approach with hardware, broadband connectivity, digital learning skills and locally relevant solutions, she said, adding “effective digitisation of rural India will be key for the success of Digital India.” Intel will work closely with entities like Common Services Centers (CSCs) that provide last mile citizen services across the country.

An Intel team will be meeting Delhi’s information technology minister Manish Sisodia on Thursday to hold talks on the partnership.”Unless we are able to take technology to rural India and make it relevant so that citizens are actually able to get benefit out of it, Digital India will not be a reality,” she said

The government has already set up 100 e-panchayats, offering various citizen services to people in the villages. It plans to have e-panchayats in all 8,750 village panchayats in the state. They will also offer banking and insurance services besides working as a platform to train farmers and provide coaching for job aspirants.

 

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