Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh (AP) directed officials to accelerate setting up of at least 2,000 Rajiv Internet Villages by the end of this 2006.
The Chief Minister gave this direction during a high-level meeting to review the projects of Andhra Pradesh Technology Services Limited, sources said. The IT Secretary C K Ratna Prabha informed the Chief Minister that the A P Boardband project, aimed at creating a backbone of Internet connectivity, was proceeding at a brisk pace. The Managing Director of APTS, Praveen Kumar, made a detailed presentation on the activities of the state-owned company and various e-Governance projects being handled by it — electronic photo identity cards, high security number plates for vehicles, A P broadband and A P state wide area network. The Chief Minister said all the delivery service channels undertaken in e-Seva and Rajiv Internet Villages (RAJiv) Centres would be brought under one single programme.