Soon citizens of Kannur district, Kerala (India) would be able to access all kids of local information at the click of mouse or through a phone call.
Kerala State government has initiated sate wide ICT project, Akshaya with support from UNESCO. The project has just unveiled community portals in local language, Malayalam. The primary objective of the project is to create content in local language using free and open source software at the various local bodies Kannur district and for the local communities. Initially the project will develop portal for the district panchayat, one municipality and nine village panchayats from Kannur district. The portal will contain information like history of the community; organizations; eminent personalities; places of interest; different services/schemes offered by the local self-government; information regarding agriculture; business ventures; products; local job vacancies; educational details; health information; legal rights; local events; interactive forums; e-newsletters providing information on new technological trends and innovations. In the first phase of the project, around 6 lakh people were trained in basic computer skills. In the second phase, the project would be rolled out in seven other districts of Kerala, while in last phase, Akshaya would be implemented in the remaining six more districts.