West Bengal (WB) Government has launched two kiosks named ‘Tathya Mitra’ at the gram panchayat level in two districts of West Bengal, India.
The State Government has launched two kiosks at the gram panchayat level in two districts to assess information needs of the rural people and viability and sustainability of their operation on commercial basis through women self help groups. Chief Minister of WB, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has launched the kiosks. These kiosks will help to deliver the shared visions of Microsoft and the state government to employ the benefits of ICT to catalyse progress and access to information, education, e-Governance, telemedicine services amongst others within the rural area. According to Chief Minister, Microsoft has provided the IT infrastructure, technology, connectivity and training support for the two kiosks at Pipulberia in East Midnapore and at Kankalitala GP in Birbhum district. Microsoft and departments of panchayat and rural development under National e-Governance plan (NEGP) has implemented the common service centre project to empower the rural community in the state.