KOCHI: Propelling itself ahead of other states in e-initiatives, Kerala will be declared India’s first ‘Digital State’ on August 15. This will be followed by the launch of several projects including high-speed Internet and Wi-fi services in government schools and e-office in all government offices.
The government will also unveil ‘Digital Literacy-Phase II’ as part of its Vision 2020 programme.
The state will also tap into central government’s Bharat Net project, to be established by 2017. Government also plans to develop a single mobile application covering a variety of government services.
Another big initiative is ‘Electronics@School’, a unique scheme in which the IT department will provide electronic kits to class 8 and 9 students. Also in the works under Vision 2020 is plan to turn Akshaya centres into e-banking kiosks, connecting rural households to banking services.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will declare the state as ‘Digital State’, a feat realised through the “visionary measures of the government to open up the doors of digital literacy to its citizens to make God’s own country the first ‘e-literate’ state”, according to the blue print of the plan seen by Express.
■ One mobile app to avail all govt services
■ Wi-fi hotspots in govt schools
■ All govt offices to be paperless by 2016-end
■ Digital Literacy - Phase II