Digital Village Programme is about to launched by Government
What is Digital Village Programme –
Digital village Programme is a part of Digital Indian Scheme.This is another move towards digital inclusion of India’s hinterland, the National Democratic Alliance government plans to unveil a programme, Digital Villages, with an initial outlay of Rs.500 crore.
Objectives of Digital Village Scheme-
Under this scheme –
- Minimum of 100 villages will be shortlisted under this scheme.
- Government will offer services including e-medicine, e-education, Internet connectivity services and light-emitting diode lights to those selected villages.
Expenditure for Digital Village Scheme-
The government has trained its focus to digitally connect rural areas of the country and spend around Rs.10,000 crore from the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) in the current financial year in building rural digital infrastructure.
IT secretary Aruna Sundararajan confirmed the development on Digital Villages. “For the first two years, we will fund the project,” she added.
The Indian government maintains USOF to fund capital costs required to provide telecom services in rural areas, where not only the cost of projects are high but return on investment is also low.
Official Speak on Digital Village Scheme –
“We will create a framework and empanel private players who can come in to offer services in the Digital village scheme. States can work with empanelled set of private players to take forward this project,” Sundararajan said.
The first official quoted above added that Common Service Centres (CSCs), also known as Digital Seva Kendras, will also be included in the plan for offering last-mile connectivity through Wi-Fi services in these villages.
Experts are circumspect about the development.
This Scheme will be launched very soon ,
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