The national e-gover
nance plan would focus strongly on rural areas, as the range of services is limited. This was
stated by R Chandrashekhar, Joint Secretary (e-governance), Department of
Information Technology, Government of India, at the 'Digital Inclusion Summit'
He said that a survey has revealed that the rate of growth
for maximum reach to these areas has been low when compared with the size of the
"The main objective of the e-governance is maximum reach
to the citizens through the Common Service Centers. We are to concentrate on
these problems to fulfill the objective, as they need the maximum attention. So
the Department of Information Technology (DIT) has prepared a draft framework to
address the problem," said Chandrashekhar. He said that the plan would
focus mainly on the rural areas as the viability and sustainability in these
areas is uncertain.
According to the plan, government has targeted to establish
one lakh Common Services Centers (CSCs) in rural areas. These CSCs would connect
six lakh villages and 2,48,000 Panchayats.
Referring to the Government Assisted PC Purchase Program,
Eric Kim, VP and GM, Sales and Marketing Group, Intel Corporation, said that
they are targeting to make PCs more assessable for the citizens with limited
income. He said that through this program children benefit more, as the PC and
the Internet become an important resource for home study.
"To minimize the burden on monthly salaries of
government employees, public sector banks offer financial schemes which help
them to own a PC at home and Intel is offering its assistance to it. Our
objective is to work together which will contribute to nation building,"
Kim added. Intel has also introduced 'Gyaneepth Essay Contest', which
requires contestants to write on how PCs help in their studies. The winner of
the contest will receive a PC.
Intel expects that this contest would help in PC penetration
into different areas of the country, which in turn would help in e-governance
The company had launched some programs with state Government
of Delhi, Uttranchal and West Bengal to catalyze the rate of PC adoption.