Web portals for panchayats

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UNESCO to support Akshaya'a pilot project in Kannur

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Grama panchayats in the State will soon have their own custom-made web portals with all the information relating to the panchayats in Malayalam.

Akshaya, Kerala Government's e-governance initiative, is all set to implement a pilot project to establish panchayat-level web portals with people's participation in select panchayats in Kannur in North Kerala with financial and technical assistance from UNESCO.

The panchayats that will get their very own web portals initially are Pinarayi, Muzhappilangad, Eramam-Kuttoor, Pappinissery, Sreekantapuram, Payam, Maloor and Vengad. Besides them, the Thalassery municipality and the Kannur district panchayat will also get their own web portals as part of the pilot project.

The web portals will function from the Akshaya centres in each area. The portal of each panchayat will feature the local history, information about prominent individuals, organisations, institutions and places of special interest in the area, services provided by the local self-government institution, farm information, list of enterprises and the products manufactured by them, employment opportunities available in the locality, information on availability of labour and local programmes. There will be periodic updates and newsletters on new trends in information technology.

Akshaya director T.K. Manzoor said in a press note here on Monday that the project was being implemented with the objective of providing greater amount of information to the masses using new tools of information technology. The pilot project in Kannur would be extended to the rest of the State if found successful. Akshaya had provision of information to the common people in Malayalam as one of its core objectives.

The local-level web portals were being set up with this aim, he said.

Mr. Manzoor said permission would be given for inclusion of local advertisement and Yellow Pages in the web portal. A local-level call centre facility to provide information relating to the locality is also planned.

The pilot project will be fully funded by UNESCO. Portal design, technical assistance, training, research and general guidelines will also have UNESCO support.

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