Taking digital Maharashtra ahead, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday announced a strategic partnership with Cisco to transform 29,000 gram panchayats to provide them with quality healthcare and education, besides agriculture reforms.
Indicating that the digital transformation for multiple applications extending across 40,000 villages could cost a whopping Rs 5000 crore investment, he said, “Our target is to attain digital mission Maharashtra by 2018.”
At a function in Mumbai, Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins said, “The decision to partner with Maharashtra was taken because of high level of commitment, vision and leadership of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.”
“The willingness of the state leadership provided the trust and confidence about the success of the digital project,” he emphasised.
Fadnavis said, “It is a dream come true. But partly. I want every village in Maharashtra to be digitally connected so that the world reaches the doorstep of each and every household in rural Maharashtra.”
The project, he said, held special significance as its objective was to accommodate growing aspirations of masses at the grassroots.