Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala is all set to be declared the first digital state in India. A high-level meeting of bureaucrats and technocrats, chaired by Information Technology Minister P.K. Kunhalikutty, has decided to fast-track the last-mile efforts to ensure that the declaration comes no later than August 15.
The government will expand technological features such as high-speed internet, wi-fi, and mobile governance to the entire state as well as create awareness about digital technology among the people.The government will make available its services through mobile phones and rope in students to impart basic training on this to the public.
The Kerala IT Mission has been directed to start an Akshaya centre in Idamalakkudi, the last panchayat in the state to get the grass-roots level IT service centre. The Digital Kerala project will be implemented by integrating various government department programmes to introduce high-speed internet and Wi-Fi.
Planning Board member G. Vijayaraghavan, IT Principal Secreetary P.H. Kurian, IBS Software chairman V.K. Mathews, KSEB chairman M. Sivasankar, BBNL chief general manager Roy M. Jacob and Kerala IT Mission director Mohammed Y. Safirulla attended the high-level meeting in Thiruvananthapuram.