Digital Kerala leads the way to tech glory

17-Mar-2016 #Digital India Source: India Inc

The Southern Indian state of Kerala has been declared India’s first “Digital State” for its seamless rural-urban connectivity and a successful e-governance drive towards creating paperless offices. It is now on track to being declared 100 per cent digital by 2020.

Every village in Kerala can now boast of high-speed broadband, becoming a flag-bearer for the Narendra Modi government’s National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) project or BharatNet. The project has been allocated nearly $3 billion with the aim of connecting 250,000 villages across the country with high-speed broadband.

And, Kerala, has emerged as the perfect case study with its Digital Employment Campaign, under which 40,000 student cadets train 100,000 people across various villages and towns about aspects of digital life and empower them to be employed under this sector.

Indian President Pranab Mukerhjee recently endorsed this innovative campaign, which he said “will help the people to use internet to avail of government and private services in a secure manner. The initiative will cover 3 million people in the age group of 30-60. Kerala is on track to become a fully digital society by 2020.”

Kerala’s digital achievements:digital Achievements of kerala

  • 600 applications to cover every department under e-governance 
  • 95 per cent mobile density
  • 60 per cent of all citizens access the internet via a mobile/tablet or laptop/desktop
  • 2,300 Akshaya Centres providing day-to-day digital services
  • 390,000 students acquiring computer/internet know-how under the IT@School project
  • 30,000 e-certificates delivered daily by the revenue department
  • 3,000 government offices going paperless


Kerala’s future plans:

  • Wifi hotspots at all local self-government institutions
  • Implementation of mobile governance across the whole state
  • Formation of at least one start-up from every state university
  • Optimal utilisation of the BharatNet’ project
  • Teaching all government employees about e-governance

future digital plans of kerala

Kerala has shown the way forward and once some challenges over the right of way (RoW) to lay cables are ironed out, private investors can begin reaping an estimated $18 billion revenue bonanza expected from the BharatNet project to digitise all of India.

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