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Target: 100% e-Literacy : Dr Ajay Kumar, Government of Kerala

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Dr Ajay Kumar
Secretary, Information Technology, Government of Kerala

“100 percent household e-Literacy has been attained in Malappuram, Kannur, Kollam, Kazarkode, Kozhikode and Thrissur districts and post-literacy services like e-Pay, e-Krishi, e-Learning are being introduced here”


Kerala was the first state to have achieved 100 percent literacy in the country. When can we expect the same for e-Governance?

We are confident that our state is going to add another ‘first’ to its credit within a short span of time by achieving a full hundred percent e-Literacy. The state government has rightly understood that the digital gap includes the imbalances in physical access to technology as well as the imbalances in resources and skills needed to effectively participate as a digital citizen. So in order to address all these issues related to the digital divide in a holistic manner, the government has introduced many a e-Governance project like Akshaya, Friends.  By setting up around 2,500 Akshaya centres all across the state, the government tries to ensure the presence of at least two Akshaya centres in a village, it became easy for even the rural people to have access to the information and communication tools. Akshaya not only provides physical access to the new technology for the people, but also it trains them in using the computers. 100 percent household e-Literacy has been attained in Malappuram, Kannur, Kollam, Kazarkode, Kozhikode and Thrissur districts and post-literacy services like e-Pay, e-Krishi, e-Learning are being introduced here. Malappuram and Kannur districts have been officially declared as 100 percent household  e-literate districts. The government is slowly changing the mode of service delivery (through computers and the internet), and is simultaneously taking steps to enable the public to avail these facilities. In short, the holistic approach of the state government towards the e-governance projects helps them reach the public effectively and you can expect Kerala to be a 100 percent e-governed state within a few years.

e-District has been rolled out in two districts of Kerala

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