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ICT Making Great Penetration in Kerala

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Availing services at the click of the mouse is no longer a service reserved for citizens of metropolitans instead, people from the villages of Kerala are also doing just that.

A new initiative by the state government has seen the contact details of all types of day to day information made available on the community portals of villages in Kannur district.

These portals not only give informations regarding job opportunities but also give such informations like the availability of coconut tree climbers to pluck coconuts. They have become operational in nine village panchayats and one municipal area in Kannur since last month.

A pilot project by Akshaya, the ICT initiative by the government, these portals can be accessed by the links (www.entegramam.gov.in) which is provided on the website. The contents of all these portals are in Malyalam.

These community portals provide locally relevant informations on such fields like agriculture, health, education, tourism, employment, and government announcements from time to time.

Each portal also has specific information relevant to that area. For example the portal of Sreekandapuram village panchayat has a list of blood donors with phone numbers and their blood group.

Each portal has a section called the labour bank which contains the list of phone numbers and addresses of people in different trades. Education section has the list of schools, collages, teacher's training programmes as also the poems and articles written by school children.

Presently the information to be uploaded on the website is mailed by every panchayat. A person is engaged for this very purpose and Akshaya provides an honorarium to the individual. There are two content editors also at the Akshaya district office to further process the matter.

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