Empowering Rural Gujarat

E-Gram is India’s largest rural connectivity drive. Under this project, Bharti Airtel has connected 13,716 villages of Gujarat with the Common Service Centers (CSCs) located in different parts of the state. It’s a comprehensive V-SAT-based solution to provide last mile connectivity to the villages. The network carries high quality and cost-effective video, voice and data services in the areas of agriculture, e-governance, health, education, etc. The infrastructure also facilitates video conferencing services, VOIP services and intra& Internet services thereby creating a ‘virtual highway’ to these remote villages.

Thanks to this infrastructure, the Village Panchayats have suddenly turned into delivery points of services of the various government departments. Distance has suddenly vanished for residents in the remote villages in the state. Some of these villages are located in the tough terrains of Rann of Kutch prone to flood and other calamities and close to the Indo-Pak border.

While breaking the Digital Divide, the e-gram project has brought to the fore the five Es in governance –ease, economy, efficiency, effectiveness and ethics. Today, villagers are accessing government services efficiently, economically and with ease. e-Gram also appears to have introduced some transparency into government administration, instilling a rare sense ofconfidence among the users. The five Es have ushered in remarkable wave of empowerment in the remote villages. Lives for these villagers have clearly changed for the better.

 

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