The Government is leaving no stone unturned to make the country digitally strong. Testimony to the fact is that the Government is working on a pilot project called “Digital Village”, which will provide free WiFi hotspots at more than 1,000 gram panchayats.
The Digital Village programme will work as the nodal points in rural areas or villages for delivery of digital services – from filling out online forms for government services (such as driving licence and voter ID card) to making digital payments. The programme seeks to enable delivery of services like health and education.
The project has been approved with a budget of Rs 423.26 crore, and will be implemented over a period of three years, including two-and-half years of operations and maintenance.
MeitY will be looking at hybrid technologies to implement the project and village-level entrepreneurs or the managers of CSCs will become the retailers of bandwidth in the villages and provide free WiFi hotspots in the gram panchayat. In addition to free Wi-Fi hotspots, the services that will be provided include telemedicine, tele education, LED lighting and skill development.
The implementation model proposed for Digital Village is similar to that of Aadhaar where service providers are paid based on the actual delivery of services.