Chief minister Vasundhara Raje on Monday launched a multi-mode connectivity network connecting Jaipur with all 9,894 gram panchayats and 183 municipal areas in Rajasthan.
RajNET facilitates voice, video and data connection, enabling effective delivery of citizen services like Bhamashah, e-Mitra and MNREGS across the state. Raje launched RajNET through video conferencing with interlocutors at eight e-Mitra kiosks at different locations.
“In Rajasthan, IT tools are changing lives every day. From the point of sales machine in a ration shop to the delivery of pension through bio-metric verification from an e-Mitra counter, IT is making the lives of citizens simpler and better. E-mitra, Bhamashah and last mile connectivity have made this possible,” Raje said, as her government observed the first Rajasthan IT Day.
She announced a start-up council comprising industry stalwarts to recommend new and innovative ideas to the government. Cyber crime units will come up in every police range, Raje said.
The chief minister gave away e-governance awards to government functionaries for their contribution to State’s e-Governance plan.
Raje said if ‘Smart Grids’ and ‘Smart Cities’ were to become a reality, then the youth need to be ‘smart citizens’. She repeatedly asked the youth in the audience whether they ‘can do it’ to achieve the goal.
During the video conferencing, Raje told her audience to appreciate the rural population who were just waking up to the potential of information technology. “Soon, they shall give the urban youth a run for their money,” she added.
The state government has decided to observe ‘Rajasthan IT Day’ on March 21 every year and this year’s theme is “Promotion of IT Start-ups”.
In October last, the government had unveiled the Rajasthan Start-up Policy to galvanise the start-up ecosystem and provide sustenance to the entrepreneurs in the state. The state has set a target of developing 2,000 technology start-ups by the year 2025.