Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis Sunday declared Nagpur as the first digital district of India. At a function in Mumbai, he said all 29,000 gram panchayats across Maharashtra would be digitally transformed by December 2018.
Stating that technology would play a critical role in bringing socio-economic changes in the lives of people, Fadnavis said, “All 776 gram panchayats in Nagpur district have been digitally transformed, paving the way for better healthcare and education through high intensity communication and connectivity.” He said digital revolution was integral to bringing “greater accountability and transparency in the system”.
During his visit to San Francisco last month, Fadnavis said, multinationals like Oracle and Cisco agreed to partnering the project both through investments and by sharing technology knowledge.
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At the function, the CM held interactive sessions with three Nagpur villages through video-conference — Brahmni ,Dongargaon and Belda — to ascertain what difference digitisation has made in their lives.
Shubhangi Ravindra Patil of Dongargaon, who is associated a village self-help group, said, “I do the business of selling ‘agarbatti’ (incense sticks). The wi-fi connectivity has helped to explore new markets and better financial prospects. Now, we earn upto Rs 15,000 per month, which is shared among the women in the self-help group.”
Interacting with the ashram shala (residential school) children at Belda, Fadnavis asked them if they used internet to play games or studies. The children unanimously responded that it was helping them seek new information related to their studies.
From Brahmni village, a farmer shared his experience: “The wi-fi helps to monitor the climate changes and accordingly engage in agriculture activities based on the guidelines. It also opened new markets where we can bargain for farm produce and earn higher remuneration.”
Campaign against illicit liquor
The Maharashtra government also announced a campaign against illicit liquor. In his message, Social activist Anna Hazare said, “I have always fought against illicit liquor and would support the government’s campaign.”
The chief minister said, “ In Kopardi case (where a minor girl was raped and murdered), the culprits had consumed illicit liquor before committing the brutal act. While the culprits will surely be hanged to death, we want to uproot the illicit liquor dens and its selling in state.” He urged district officials and police to take the campaign on mission mode.
Govt adds 169 new online services
The state has added 169 new online services under the Right to Information Act, taking the total number of services to 369. Through Aaple Sarkar portal that was launched last year, individuals across the state can avail any of these 369 services online.