Need to take e-literacy to schools in rural areas as well, says minister
GN Bureau | February 18, 2010
IT services need to be taken to villages, said minister of state for IT Sachin Pilot at the 13th national conference on e-governance being held at at Jaipur on Thursday.
Pilot said in his address at the conference that the real penetration of IT will occur only when students in schools start learning ‘Ka se Kamputer and not Ka se Kabootar.’
"The true meaning of e-Governance is that the services /facilities available to citizens in metros is available to citizens in village. The government is making efforts towards ensuring that government services are available in all the 6,40,000 villages across India," he said.
He said that the government has translated its various software applications in the 22 official languages to ensure that the government's IT schemes reaches a citizen in the language he/she speaks.
The minister highlighted that the focus now should be towards the execution of the National e-Governance Program by the State. Minister also mentioned the challenges of cyber-security which needs to be addressed at all levels.
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This piece is based on a previous article by the authors published in Geoforum [Elsevier] in May 2019: available online: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/ S0016718519300764?via%3Dihub
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