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E-governance to go mobile in Faizabad (India)

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Soon, Faizabad's citizens will receive e-Governance services on their mobile phones. The Chief Development Officer (CDO) Gaurav Dayal has launched an initiative, called 'Real e-Governance', in which e-Governance services would be conducted through mobile phones.

Recently Dayal has started trials for a project called Anant Sampark by Harnessing Wireless Access (ASHWA), with an aim to establish a practicable e-Governance infrastructure which will connect rural areas with the district headquarter. With ASHWA, villagers can access their family register, different certificates including death, birth, income, domicile and land records with the “dial” button of the cellphone. A member who is associated with ASHWA is known as Ashwarohi. A villager who need a copy of land record of any government certificate or assistance, he has to approach Ashwarohi, and pay him a sum of INR 20. A master computer, monitored personally by the CDO will be installed at Vikas Bhawan in the district headquarter. This main server will receive the message. After identifying the cellphone, from which the message has been sent, the computer will print the required document. Each village will have one Ashwarohi, who will be trained to use GPRS cellphone.

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