Trivandrum: Chief Minister, Shri Oommen Chandy has declared Kerala to be totally digital State and added that it is the first State in the country to achieve such a distinction. He made this announcement while delivering his Independence Day address after unfurling the national flag at the Central Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram.
With the State making remarkable strides in implementation of various e-governance initiatives, the declaration of Kerala as a ‘complete digital State’ and an announcement of a new youth programme in memory of former President, the late Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam marked the Independence Day celebrations in the State.
In his address the CM said, Kerala has achieved 100 percent mobile connectivity, 75 percent e-literacy, maximum digital banking, broadband connectivity up to the Panchayat level, e-district project and linking bank accounts with Aadhar cards.
“The implementation of e-district programmes in all districts and the linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts has laid a strong foundation for Digital Kerala. I am proud to declare the State as the complete digital State, based on these indicators,” he said.
The Chief Minister also said that it would be his government’s endeavour now to have Wi-Fi hotspots in all local bodies (self government institutions), total mobile governance and the launch of second phase of digital literacy, in the next phase to achieve the best results of the Digital Kerala initiative.
The State Government would launch an innovative programme in Dr. Kalam’s name of to enable the youth translate their innovative ideas into successful business ventures. The programme aims at creating at least one enterprise from State universities every year based on innovative ideas submitted by college students or groups of students, he said.
Recently Kerala had rolled out a ‘Vision 2020’ project to bridge the digital divide and to leverage on the phenomenal initiatives aimed at making the State a ‘Digitally Empowered’ society. The key objectives of ‘Bridging the Digital Divide – Vision 2020’ include transforming Kerala into a digital knowledge society to achieve sustainable economic growth, making accessible the digital infrastructure to all at affordable cost, attracting more investments and promoting the IT export of the State.
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