Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology, Government of India, Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia launched the Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) project in the Guna district of Madhya Pradesh which aims at setting up a dynamic and interactive website for every Panchayats.
The pilot Digital Panchayat project has been launched at the Shivpuri village in Guna parliamentary constituency in Madhya Pradesh. This move is directed towards bridging the digital divide in areas which are still unconnecetd.
DEF Founder Director Osama Manzar said that the project is part of the wider concept of the Local Area Portal (LAP) programme which mainly aims at providing connectivity at the grassroots.
Speaking on the launch, Scindia said that the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) tools will enable communities in getting a global presence in terms of usage of local knowledge, assets, wisdom, products and services.
The primarily focus areas of Digital Panchayats would be governance, health, enterprise, agriculture, tourism, employment, education, culture, tribal, gender and microfinance.
The Digital Empowerment Foundation runs similar programme in 50 Gram Panchayats in another Indian state – Maharashtra