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Country’s first ‘Digital Grams’ come up in Nagpur district


By August this year Nagpur will become the first complete digital district of the nation

Mumbai : The State government initiated ‘Digital Gram’ (Digital Village) scheme on the lines of Union government’s ‘Digital India’, under which five villages of the Nagpur district were declared digital village here on Sunday.

All the 776 village panchayats of the district would be put on the national optic fibre network by August this year which would make Nagpur the first complete digital district of the nation, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said as he addressed a video conference.

Khandala, Tarodi, Khasala, Dabha and Vihirgaon are the five villages that are declared ‘Digital Gram’ on Sunday. These villages have been enabled with 4 MBPS internet service at the Gram Panchayat office, a separate connection for that, video conferencing service, Wi-Fi internet service at school and the primary health centre and Wi-Fi internet service for all villagers. All these villages belong to different revenue blocks.

“The whole idea behind the initiative is to put the villages on the ‘digital highway’. This would bring in a revolution. The digital highway technology would bring in several services which would enable one to develop newer system that would benefit the agro-industry,” Fadnavis said.

“The digital revolution would empower farmers to sell their produce anywhere in the country, while that would empower youth to get employment oriented skills. Experts would be able to guide Gram Panchayats across the state simultaneously. The state is also contemplating on development of e-library,” he added.

Fadnavis also interacted with students at Tarodi village over video conference and he also received messages from the students from other villages congratulating him for the services over twitter.