Even the remotest areas of the Uttarakhand state, which has a geographically tough mountainous terrain will be equipped with the latest Information Technology (IT) in the months to come.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has directed the officials of IT department to ensure that the villages across the state should be equipped with the latest IT facilities. Also through this the people even in the remotest areas would made to be equipped with the government run beneficiary projects and schemes particularly that of the center.

It is likely that the CM wants that the projects initiated by the Union government are implemented effectively by the Uttarakhand government in next six months particularly in view of the Lok Sabha election in the country next year.

While reviewing the work of the IT department in the capital on Monday that CM asked the officials to link beneficiary projects and schemes on different modes of IT. Maximum reach of IT facilities could be a milestone to set-up smart villages across the state,” said Rawat asserting that IT facility would prove extremely conducive for spread of education, health and entertainment.

In the meeting the CM stressed on a need to prepare Data Base Centres and to establish Common Service Centres (CSC) at Gram Panchyat level and use of Ballon technique in the state. The main focus is make to make villagers the main beneficiaries and that would be possible if they are able to access the IT facilities . This would also help in easy accessibility of IT to Gram Panchyats .

Also this would be a boon to the educated unemployed youths across the state.

The CM Rawat instructed the officials to ensure that Aadhar kits should be made available to District Magistrates that would help in making of Aadhar cards in the state. He instructed officials to coordinate with IT department in order to expedite the work and called upon for transparency with qualitative work.

The ITDA Director Amit Sinha gave at length the details of the work done so far in this direction. The government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with IIT Mumbai to avail the best communication facility in the state by the use of aerostate (balloon) facility.

So far 1,45,000 residents have been trained while the target is to train 5,06,000 residents under E-Literacy program of Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Literacy Abhiyaan till March 2019, said Sinha.

He also informed that the department plans to start NTROP centres till March 2018, and aim to set up Common Service Centre (CSC) in 7095 Gram Panchyats till the end of 2018 while 6226 Gram Panchyats had been provided CSC so far.

The civilian facilities would be provided to the residents through “Umang APP”, which was launched by Union Government and would be operational by this year. Also 131 e-district centres, 16 employment, 16 services in Pauri and 13 services across the state has been provided through 2160 established CSC across the state. Besides video conferencing facilities would be started soon at Tehsil and Block levels in next four months. The research work would also be carried out with the help of drones.