The Karnataka state government will soon launch E-Halli, an e-governance initiative, for disseminating all kinds of information to the people residing in villages.
The E-Halli centres would be established on the premises of all 5,628 gram panchayats in the state. These centrea will provide a wide array of information to village residents. The programme, which is piloted by the Department for Women and Child Welfare and Karnataka State Women Development Corporation, will be launched in November. The government plans to extend this to the villages to bring them on a par with cities. In the first phase, the centres would be implemented in 10 districts – Davangere, Chitradurga, Shimoga, Chikmagalur, Haveri, Gadag, Dharwad, Belgaum, Koppal and Bellary districts. The Yashaswini Nagara Hagu Grameena Abhivruddhi Parishat (YNGAP), a NGO of Davangere, is the nodal agency for establishing these centres. The NGO had already established five centres in Davangere district on a pilot basis and they are said to be highly successful. The Karnataka State Women Development Corporation will provide a margin of INR 35,000 under the “Asare” scheme for self-help group (SHG) members to establish the centres. The E-Halli centres would provide services and information about various schemes of Government departments, both Central and State, gram panchayats, banks, hospitals, blood banks, diagnostic centres, veterinary centres, market prices, agricultural farming, business, educational institutions, timings and fare of busses, trains, flights, the place of reservation and goods transport system.