MANGALDAI, Aug 20 - The Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India has recognised Darrang as the best performing district in the field of digital online services through Common Service Centres or CSCs. The Union Ministry awarded the district for achieving this remarkable feat from among nearly 750 districts across the country.
The Additional Secretary of the Electronics and Information Technology Pankaj Kumar in the presence of Union IT Law and Justice Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CSC Dr Dinesh Kumar Tyagi, Director MeitY, Pravin Chandekar, Joint Secretary, MeitY Sanjay Goel, and other senior officials from the North East offered a memento and a certificate of appreciation to Darrang Deputy Commissioner Ashok Kumar Barman and Additional Deputy Commissioner (IT) cum Project Director of DRDA, Darrang Pankaj Chakravarty. This award was given ceremonially in a function organised in connection with the launching of the North East Vision Document recently in Guwahati. This was informed by Jhanjashree Sarkar Mallik, District Project Manager, Prime Minister Digital Literacy Programme, Darrang.
Talking to this correspondent she said that parallel to the launching function of the NE Vision Document a session on the expanding role and reach of CSCs has been organised where the performances and role of the CSCs and the District Society of the Village Level Entrepreneurs (VLE), Darrang was highly appreciated. �Among the total of 750 districts in the country, Darrang VLE Society was awarded as the best performing CSC VLE Society for their record performance in the field of fertiliser sale to the farmers,� said an overwhelmed Sarkar Mallik. �We were just surprised to receive such an honour and can�t find words how to express our delight � she maintained. �We were also addressed by Union IT and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad where he referred to the CSC VLEs as the digital army who are playing a great role in the digital India programme and urged them to work with utmost dedication and integrity,� she added.
Meanwhile, on being approached for his reaction after such a national honour, Pankaj Chakravarty, the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Darrang in charge of IT and the brain behind the concept of sale of quality fertilisers to the village farmers through CSC-VLEs at a subsidised rate, attributed this landmark achievement as the outcome of the sincere team effort of CSC-VLEs of the district under the technical supervision of the District PM Digital Literacy Cell and overall patronage of Deputy Commissioner, Ashok Kr Barman. �Receiving the award in presence of Union IT Minister himself is really a very big moment for me as well as for the district but it came as a total surprise for all of us present there. There was no advance indication at all, we were kept in the dark,� Chakravarty stated. �I had the privilege to express my reaction following receiving of the award and I reiterated my commitment to provide the best digital services in the State and made my vision clear to make Darrang as one of the best digital service delivery district in the country,� Chakravarty added.
Informing about some future planning of the district, the ADC, in charge of IT further said, �The district is planning to set up sanitary napkin units in each of the six development blocks of the district and provide employment to a good number of unemployed local youths in association with CSCs and Assam State Rural Livelihood Mission (ASRLM).� �The district is already working on a joint mission mode along with CSC VLEs, ASRLM members and volunteers of �Internet Saathi� programme to implement cent per cent digital literacy in the district. The district administration has kept Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Sakaharata Abhiyan its top priority amongst all the flag ship programmes of the government,� he said.
It is worth mentioning here that besides the award to District CSC-VLE Society of the district, the Chairman of Mangaldai Municipal Board, Pratap Bordoloi has also received a special award from the MeitY for becoming the first civic body in the North East to implement the online digital services for the citizens of through CSCs. The news has made the members of the district VLE Society, the officials and staff of the PM Digital Literacy Campaign of the district and Mangaldai Municipal Board jubilant.