Digital Village project to provide WiFi hotspots to more than 1,000 gram panchayats

The govemernment has announced a new project to provide connectivity in remote areas in the country. Called Digital Village, the pilot project will be first rolled out to about 1,050 gram panchayats.


The government has announced a new project to provide connectivity in remote areas in the country. Called Digital Village, the pilot project will be first rolled out to about 1,050 gram panchayats. According to a report in The Economic Times, under the project, free WiFi hotspots will be provided and the programme also seeks to enable delivery of services like health and education.

The project comes in to help rural population at a time when the nation is aggressively moving towards digital and cashless economy.

According to Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary at Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, “The project is a public private partnership, and will be driven through the common service centres (CSCs). We'll be partnering with different service providers to do it."

CSCs are special points for villages to deliver digital services including filling out online forms for government services such as driving licence and voter ID card, make digital payments and so on. They play an important part in driving rural India towards the digital life.

According to a senior government official, a budget of Rs 423.26 crore has been approved for the project. It will be implemented over a period of three years which will include two-and-half years of operations and maintenance.

Other services like telemedicine, tele-education, LED lighting and skill development will also be a part of the project. “The idea of the pilot project is to demonstrate how the digital technologies and the connectivity delivered through BharatNet can be leveraged to provide basic development social sector services such as health, education, skilling, etc, on a scalable manner to improve the quality of life in rural areas,“ said the senior official.

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