Idukki was once an inaccessible, large tribal district in the southern Indian state of Kerala. But that’s a thing of the past. Idukki was the first district in India to be connected to the National Optical Fiber Network (NOFN) – ushering in a new era for Digital India. Kerala was chosen as a starting point of the grand project because it was one of the quickest states to adopt the government’s e-literacy programs. It started with the setting up of Akshaya or e-literacy centers in 2002. Now every district in the state is an “e-district” and people are increasingly comfortable using computers. “We get all types of government certificates from these centers, and we can also pay our utility bills, like electricity and water. But sometimes the Internet connection is poor, with long delays. So it will be good when it’s improved,” says Alice Kurian, an agricultural worker. “If we get a better connection, we will be able to provide our services at the maximum level and provide them quickly to our customers,” adds C. Y. Nishant, an entrepreneur who runs an e-stall in the district. Unique project for a digital India The project is seen as unique in the… Read full this story
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