New Delhi: Union Minister of Electronics and Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad, on Tuesday said the government would develop one lakh digital villages that would be self-sufficient with amenities such as digital education, digital health, digital payment. In a meeting with State IT Ministers through video conferencing, he further highlighted the importance of Bharat Net for the purpose of providing digital education, health care services in rural areas and its crucial role in addressing the challenges posed by COVID19. He asked the States to support Bharat Net scheme and requested them examine issues for promoting development of a robust telecom network.
Minister of State for Communications and Electronics & IT, Sanjay Dhotre said in the meeting that connectivity and quality of internet has become even more important for rural areas and there is need to improve digital services in rural areas in a trusted partnership among Central and State Governments and Private Sector.
In the meantime, working on the request from states, Prasad directed that data from Aarogya Setu app should be made available online to the States right up-to District officials. He informed that a similar solution for the feature phone users was also being developed and it will be launched very soon. He also accepted a suggestion from a State IT Minister for formation of a Strategy Group comprising representatives from Central Government, State Governments and Private Sector to work out a roadmap for the Indian IT and electronics sector post COVID19.
Meanwhile, the Central Government has extended the Department of Telecommunication’s deadline on relaxation of the norms for the ‘Work From Home’ from 30 April to 31 July 2020.[the_ad_placement id=”sidebar-feed”]