Hirachuni, a small village, about 23 kms from Jamshedpur in East Singhbhum district of Jharkhand, will get its own Facebook page, WhatsApp group and its residents will get individual mail ids as a part of the Digital India campaign to promote digital literacy in remote places.
According to the 2011 census, the village has a population 300 living in 60 houses with majority of them having access to internet.
“Initially, we have identified a small village Hirachuni, near National Highway 33, under Jamshedpur block as majority of the population were literate and have the facility to access internet”, district public relation officer of east Singhbhum, Sanjay Kumar, said.
Kumar met the villagers, including present and former gram pradhan, ward members, representative of Pragya Kendra and youths and explained the plans in detail.
The e-mail ids will be prefixed with the village’s name, followed by the villagers’ names. For example in hirachuni.XYZ@gmail.com, XYZ represents the name of a particular villager.
The village will also have its own Facebook account - Digital Hirachuni - a Whatsapp group and blog with a similar name, Kumar said.
Majority of villagers possess smartphones and thus promotion of the scheme won’t be difficult, Kumar said.
The village has four mobile towers and thus connectivity won’t be a problem too, Kumar added.