Lok Sabha elections 2019: Government counters Raj Thackeray’s claims on digital village Harisal

Mumbai: A week after Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray revealed the ‘fake success’ story of state’s first digital village Harisal in Yevatmal district, the state administration has come forward to counter his claim.

A statement from Ganesh Mahadev Yevale, deputy Sarpanch of the village, was sent by the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) on Monday in which Yevale is seen claiming that the wi-fi facilities are still available in the village and women have got employment within the village.

Yevale said, “Raj Thackeray had defamed our village. I am interacting with people through Facebook live media and it needs internet. If, there was no internet facility in the village, how could I have been interacting with you,” he asked.

Yevale further said that women in the village have been given training in various skills like stitching, making bags and girls have been given training in e-commerce related applications and they have become self-dependent. He said that people are using online services for transfer of money, Aadhar card registration, and making application for driving licence.

“Microsoft, HP and Jaldi-fi have given computers to the village schools and they are functional. In fact, we have been benefited as the village has come on the global map as a digital village and it has helped boost tourism,” said Ashok Athawale and added at present, there are ten tourist guides in the village and they are earning through tourism business.

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