Global IT giant Intel on Wednesday launched a center in a Telangana village under a new initiative aimed at working with the governments of various states to create a blueprint for digitization of rural India. Also Read - COMPUTEX 2021: Intel launches two new 11th Gen U-series processors
The first such Digital India Unnati Kendra under the initiative “Ek Kadam Unnati Ki Aur” has come up in Nadimpalle village in Mahabubnagar district. It will be used to create the framework for the Telangana model digital village. Besides providing various citizen services under the Telangana government’s e-panchayat program, the center will provide devices, relevant local content and training for citizens thereby creating opportunities for development and empowerment. Also Read - Top 5 affordable laptops for basic video editing/casual gaming
The center is training 800 people in the village in digital literacy. Intel is also distributing among households its product PC on a stick which converts a television into a computer. The center is also providing content through Intel’s partners. Also Read - CES 2021: Intel unveils new processors for gaming, business and education
Intel has roped in Micromax, HP, Snapdeal and Shweta Computers and Peripherals as partners for the initiative. They will contribute through their content, solutions, products and services. Gregory R. Pearson, senior vice president and general manager for sales and marketing group of Intel Corporation, Debjani Ghosh, vice president of sales and marketing group and managing director of Intel South Asia, launched the center at an event held.
Papa Rao, advisor to the state government, local legislator G. Balaraju and Jayesh Ranjan, secretary for information technology of the Telangana government, were present on behalf of the state government. Debjani Ghosh said Intel would work with 10 states to create a blueprint to drive technology enabled transformation at the grassroots.
She said the company was in talks with various state governments. An Intel team will be meeting Delhi’s information technology minister Manish Sisodia on Thursday to hold talks on the partnership.
“Unless we are able to take technology to rural India and make it relevant so that citizens are actually able to get benefit out of it, Digital India will not be a reality,” she said.
She said technology will not be magic but the magic will be how it is used to create more jobs and create more impact in terms of development. Jayesh said the government has already set up 100 e-panchayats, offering various citizen services to people in the villages. It plans to have e-panchayats in all 8,750 village panchayats in the state. They will also offer banking and insurance services besides working as a platform to train farmers and provide coaching for job aspirants.
The official said the state government was also ready to work with other companies under the digital Telangana program.