Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Thursday, while launching the Digital India Programme, which is part of the Digital India Week launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, in the state, said that it was a part of an initiative to empower youth and for better and speedy delivery of services to the people.
"The programme will digitally offer basic services to the public," said Virbhadra after launching e-district service from government to citizens. He added that they would not have celebrated the week if the previous UPA government at Centre had not come up with the National Fibre Optical Network (NOFN) project, providing high-speed internet connectivity upto gram-panchayat level.
The CM said Himachal was one of the leading states in implementing information technology (IT) in teh government sector. "The state government has been endeavouring to bring transparency and accountability through e-governance in the delivery of services to the people. There has been a constant and sincere effort to introduce same in the entire state since long. As technology keeps changing rapidly with every passing day, I believe that one has to keep pace with it to keep oneself well informed," added the chief minister.
He said all major development works in the state were witnessed during the successive Congress governments. Though a little has been contributed by others too, maximum development and major achievements took place in the successive Congress regimes, Virbhadra said.
"The internet has become somewhat like household commodity used by every family and I would like to see the day, when it will be used by everyone, even in the remote corners of the state," he said, adding "I am happy to say that there is a bank account in every home and we have been declared as banking saturated state. He added that this was an achievement for the hilly state like Himachal Pradesh, which has difficult topographic conditions.
Speaking on the occasion, Vidhan Sabha speaker BBL Butail said the state legislative assembly played an important role to ensure participation of people in development process. He said that Digital India Week was being celebrated to provide speedy service to the people.
He said Himachal Pradesh legislative assembly was the first in the country to adopt e-Vidhan, which was launched on August 4, 2014, and the first legislative assembly to be paperless, saving an expenditure of `15 crore per annum.