Kozhikode: The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee today dedicated Kerala as Digital State. At a function held here, he also launched a Digital Empowerment Campaign of the Kerala Government and opened the UL Cyberpark, the first cyber park established by a labour cooperative.
On the occasion, the President said Kerala is a pioneer in e-literacy having launched two breakthrough projects as early as 2002. The Akshaya Project was launched with the objective of making at least one person in every family e-literate. The IT@school project aimed at providing basic computer knowledge to every high school student. Kerala established its first State Data Centre in 2005 to deliver governmental services through e-governance. This was further strengthened with a second centre in 2011.
“It is heartening to note that Kerala has now over 600 e-governance applications covering almost all departments, delivering e-services to its citizens. They are also being made available on the mobile platform now. All districts of the State have been covered under the e-District project. About 30,000 digital certificates are delivered digitally to the citizens daily by the Revenue Department alone. The dynamic technology landscape due to the growth of Internet and smart-phone penetration, combined with the proactive measures of the Government has rapidly transformed Kerala into a knowledge-powered economy. The State has a mobile tele-density of 95 percent and an Internet access covering over 60% of the population. With broadband connectivity in every gram panchayat, Kerala has emerged as a truly ‘Digital State’”, he said.
“I am happy to know that the Kerala Government has initiated a digital literacy campaign leveraging its strong digital infrastructure. Started as a pilot project in Thiruvananthapuram district and implemented with the help of Student Police Cadets, this initiative aims at the digital empowerment of citizens from all walks of life. It will enable ordinary citizens to effectively use the Internet to avail government and private services in a secure manner. Once extended to the entire State, the campaign will cover about three million citizens in the age group of 30 – 60 years. With this path-breaking initiative, Kerala is on track towards becoming a fully digital society by 2020”, he added.
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