As Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Digital India Week on Wednesday, sarpanch of Daria village Gurpreet Singh Happy reluctantly tuned in to the speech. The sarpanch, who was eagerly looking forward to share the problems faced by his village with the PM, was left disappointed as the interaction did not happen.
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“All we did was prepare for this moment for the past four days, making people aware of the big event,” said Singh. However, last-minute technical glitches meant the interaction did not take place. Daria was among 31 villages chosen for video conferencing with the PM.
Singh added, “It was an embarrassment for us. Around 300 people came here, including teachers, social workers and students. It was disappointing.”
The general manager of the project, BM Sethia, said, “Due to a technical snag, the equipment to run a 3D holographic projection of Modi’s interaction which we had received from Delhi could not be put to use. We were in constant touch with the Prime Minister’s Office and had got a message saying that the PM does not have much time for the interaction. We had got two LCD screens placed here.”
Vijay, a resident, said, “Before giving our village a digital upgrade, our priority should be to provide us with adequate water in the morning and evening, electricity for scheduled hours, streetlights in residential areas, proper roads and good quality education at the school level.”