Stressing upon the need for rejuvenating Community Information Centres (CICs), Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah suggested merging their functioning with the established Panchayati Raj System in the state. The primary motive behind establishing CIC was to bring in e-governance at block levels and keep generated information available to the people for various purposes in the process of development. According to the minister, such centres will act as a data bank and digital route for filing reports and receiving information.
The Chief Minister asked the Information Technology and Rural Development Departments to jointly work out a viable model to use the CICs as block centres for dissemination of vital information to the people in rural areas particularly agriculturists. He said information regarding weather, cropping pattern, market trends and other aspects can be obtained and provided to the people through these centres besides other such information. Minister for Rural Development Ali Mohammad Sagar, addressing the meeting, said upgradation of the functioning of CICs to benefit the Panchayati Raj System established in the state need to be worked out in a time-bound manner. He said a strategy has to be worked out to bring these centres at par to the growing needs of people in rural areas so as to strengthen e-governance.