The primary objective of the project is to create ICT and Internet
awareness among Panchayats by tagging unique websites to each Panchayat
and provide Digital Panchayat Center as resource centre for the
functionaries and other people associated with Panchayat administration
for various works. The initiative would also facilitate things among the
functionaries like learning computers, connecting to Internet, updating
their own website, updating with the Panchayati Raj laws, orders,
guidelines and applications online.
Each Digital Panchayat Center is supported by a volunteer provided by
the local facilitation partner Young India. DEF expects that each and
every Panchayat in India should have a Digital Panchayat Center to
facilitate connectivity to the Panchayat functionaries and create an
atmosphere of transparency, bottom up content generation and wide spread
digital literacy at the grassroots level of PanchayatiRaj system to
achieve good governance for the country.
The launching of digital panchayat bears enormous hope for people of the
Block with Surendra Nath Nayak, Vice-Chairperson, State Planning Board,
Sankarshan Parida, President-Zilla Parishad ,Puri, DEF Director Osama
Manzar, Prof M.G. Bage from
Sociology Department of Utkal University, Srimant Mishra, Block
Development Officer, Gop announced it as a noble initiative to empower
common people in the way of taking a role in the system of governance.
However, the Konark based
'Young India' has been using communication technology for community
development since years with its community radio station 'Radio Namaskar'
run by members of the community it targets at.
Shah Ansari is the Chief Functionary of Young India and the Associate