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Bihar (India) to e-connect villages

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Soon villagers of Bihar would be able to access Internet in their villages. The State Government has initiated a plan to take information technology to the grass root level by setting up the common service centre, called Vasudha.

These CSCs, Vasudhas would be started in e-Kiosks to be set up the 'SREI Sahaj e-Village' project. The e-Kiosks will function as the one-stop delivery point for e-Governance services as well as e-learning centres, where the youth can access distant education modules and vocational skills other than normal Internet access. In the first phase of the project, the state government will open 5,540 Vasudhas across the state. The state cabinet had also approved funds for development of the required software by the TATA Consultancy Services (TCS). Initially, eight government departments would be linked to Vasudha to provide information and services for mutual purposes like weather forecast, commodity rates, agricultural counselling, health and hygiene. Issuance of birth and death certificates and land records would also be available on the net on payment of nominal fees. The Vasudha would be owned and operated by selected village entrepreneurs and will be monitored by the regional control centres and the central control centre. The estimated cost of setting up each of these e-kiosks will be INR 1.20 lakh. The Vasudhas in Bihar will create 5,500 entrepreneurs in the rural areas and provide Internet access to the villagers as well as it will also bring a number of government services to the doorsteps of the rural folks.

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