GUWAHATI, March 19 - Chief Electoral Officer, Assam Mukesh Sahu launched the �i-help� initiative at a meeting held at the Election Department, Janata Bhawan here on Sunday.
The initiative �i-help� is a joint venture of the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer, Assam and Common Service Centres (CSCs), Assam to promote digital electoral literacy in the State.
The CSCs are Internet-enabled access points spread throughout the country delivering various government and non-government digital services (e-Services) to the citizens. Through its vast network, particularly in rural areas, CSCs are uniquely positioned to extend the awareness and outreach activities of CEO, Assam under Systematic Voters� Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) in the State. It is geared to ensure that no voter is left behind.
Addressing the district managers of the CSCs, CEO Mukesh Sahu said, �Today, we are experiencing a transition to the digital world. To make the transition smoother for the general public, CSCs can play a vital role to educate the people on the usage of IT-enabled services related to the election. This will fill the digital-divide and fulfil the objective of turning the general elections more inclusive and participatory.�
The CSC has a presence in all the 2,528-gram panchayats in the State. There are 4,587 functional CSCs in Assam. The CEO called upon the representatives of CSCs to mobilise the citizens and provide education on voter rights and the electoral process. �The presence of CSCs at the grassroots level can be utilised to educate the voters on ECI�s IT-enabled services like c-Vigil, voter helpline number. It will be a win-win situation if the objective of voter awareness is fulfilled and it will also help the CSCs build a lasting relationship with the people,� added the CEO.