Staff Reporter

Exercise is aimed at e-bridging the urban-rural divide in State

NIC facility to cover 456 gram panchayats initialllyIt covers birth, death registration; pension facilityNIC ready with almost 1,000 rural technologies

HYDERABAD: In what could be described as an effort aimed at `e-bridging' the urban-rural divide, the National Informatics Centre (NIC) will soon be equipping all gram panchayats in the State with exclusive web portals.

Called `Panchayat Portals,' the facility initially will cover 456 gram panchayats which are covered under the e-panchayat programme. Later, in phases, the concept will be expanded to the entire State and ultimately connected to the National Panchayat Portal.

The NIC, which is buoyed by the successful launch of e-panchayat at Ramachandrapuram, Medak, is will spread the concept with a budget of Rs. 8 crores provided by the State Government. Among others, it computerises the administration of the panchayat and covers birth and death registration and certification pension, works monitoring and financial accounting.

Alongside, the individual portals of these panchayats will be worked out which among a host of other applications will also facilitate local information about the place, administrative set-up, grievance and complaints apart from offering a platform for marketing the local produce and artisanship on the Internet.

"We are ready with almost 1,000 rural technologies which will be disseminated through these portals," says NIC Deputy Director-General C.S.R. Prabhu. Using the portals dedicated to their panchayat, local artisans will be able to take their works directly to the world without having any intermediaries.

Mr. Prabhu hopes the move will help the rural populace reap the benefits of IT and be on a par with their urban counterparts.

NIC is also bracing up to launch comprehensive modernisation of land records (CMLR) in Jammalamadugu of Kadapa district. The project, aimed at modernisation of land records and provide clear titles, is likely to be launched around January 26.