Mohar Singh helps his customer with e-Governance facilities at his outlet. The picture was taken at Karenda, a digital village curated by VNL. The picture exemplifies how citizens are now able to access to e-Governance services, by simply being connected.
How it seems to be so simple to make a call to a friend whom you plan to meet this evening? Or if you want to say a Hi to your cousin, she is just a call away. I just boarded the local train in Mumbai one says, and almost every second person is on a call.
According to Mr Pradip Baijal, former chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, there are approximately one billion calls made each day in the country, out of which almost 75 to 80 per cent calls originate from Tier-I and Tier-II cities. Urban India has reached a teledensity of 146%, whereas the teledensity in rural India stands only at 42%. Our towns have gained extraordinary advantage when it comes to connectivity.
But what is happening in the villages, that too, the remote ones with high security implications?
VNL looks at the scenario from an angle which not only supports the overall Digital India mission initiated by our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, but also evaluates the market’s environmental well being. After all, sustainable development is a dream and VNL is living that dream, helping and cushioning an unordinary percentage of our country’s population.
Whether we talk about the only digital village in the country- Karenda, or the ten LWE affected states, VNL has set a clear example propagating a message worth realizing, “Let the Green remain Green”, and has successfully been able to change the lives of several living in the remotest areas of the country.
According to a study conducted by TEC (Telecommunication Engineering Centre), we can explain that India, a country comprising of twenty nine states and seven union territories, further divided into districts, districts into tehsils & blocks, and blocks into village panchayats for the purpose of administration and development, there are approximately 672 districts and 6382 blocks in the country. Each block has approximately 390 village panchayats and each village panchayat has 2-3 villages. Total no. of village panchayats in the country are approximately 0.25 million. Almost 68% population of our country is living in the rural areas (approx. in 0.65 million villages) and the rest in urban area (Towns and cities).
This is what and how VNL is looking at! Giving our rural areas a voice, has to be the first step.