M.P. Praveen

An initiative of the Akshaya project

Chengamanad is the first fully e-literate panchayat in Ernakulam district

KOCHI: Two months after Chengamanad became the first fully e-literate panchayat in Ernakulam district, four more panchayats have achieved the feat and are awaiting formal declaration.

Thanks to the Akshaya project, the Kunnathunadu, Nedumbassery, Kunnukara and Pothanikkad panchayats now have at least one e-literate member from every family within their limits.

“The declaration is likely to come this month itself. However, it is for the panchayats concerned to fix the date,” V.R. Ajith Kumar, Director, Akshaya Project, said.

A resolution passed by the Pothanikkad panchayat seeking sanction to be declared fully e-literate has reached the district project office of Akshaya. The resolution will be forwarded to the Collector, who is also the district chief coordinator of the Akshaya project, for necessary action. Resolutions from the other three panchayats are expected soon.

Deadline extended

Meanwhile, the State Information Technology Mission (IT Mission) has extended the deadline for achieving e-literacy in six of the seven districts, including Ernakulam, where the programme is under way, from September 30 to December 31. Mr. Kumar has convened block-wise interaction with Akshaya entrepreneurs in these districts.

During the interaction, the entrepreneurs will be asked how they are planning to go about their task to meet the deadline and what assistance they are expecting from the IT Mission.

In Ernakulam district, the interaction will be held at the District Panchayat Hall at Kakkanad on Friday and Saturday. Entrepreneurs from 13 blocks will interact with the director on Friday, while those from the remaining two blocks and nine municipalities will present their views the next day.

A survey will be carried out in all these districts to find out the number of e-literates in each area. “The survey will be held either by the entrepreneurs themselves or with the help of Akshaya facilitators, Kudumbasree units or local self-government bodies,” K.K. Latheef, Akshaya Mission, district coordinator said.

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