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3000 rural kiosks to come up in Indian state

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A group of a IITians working with n-Louge Communications Private Limited are setting up kiosks offering crucial information and services in rural areas of Gujarat state in India. 
 
The company will install around three thousand kiosks across the state by next fiscal year. Currently, it has installed 250 kiosks including one in each village of seven towns – Palanpur, Patan, Viramgam, Prantij, Mehamdabad, Vyara and Palitana. And by January end another town Dhoraji will have a kiosk providing various information. These kiosks are known as 'Mahiti Kendra' (information centre).  They provide information on weather, agriculture, education, computer education, astrology, photography on digital camera, certificates for land ownership and telemedicine. The company is planning to attach a medical kit to the kiosks which will test pulses, blood pressure, ECG and others remotely and a doctor sitting in city will test the reports and check the patient. The kiosks were suitable for rural areas suffering from scarcity of doctors. This kiosks are to be purchased by local entrepreneurs or dealers, called local service providers (LSPs), who will purchase kiosks for Rs 55,000 either for cash or through loan from banks. The company will also upload the syllabus till fifth standard of Gujarat State Education Board and access to it will cost Rs 25 per month. 

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