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Hemant rolls out rural e-welfare

A van equipped with computers, Internet and publicity materials will extensively tour far-flung areas of the state, including those in Ranchi district, to spread awareness on e-governance services available at Pragya Kendras.

Chief minister Hemant Soren on Friday launched the Common Service Centre Outreach Programme, an awareness drive to popularise state services available online among the rural masses.

Launching the campaign at Project Building in Ranchi, Hemant said his government was committed towards greater transparency in the functioning of state machinery.

He stressed on e-governance as a vital step in that direction.

When asked how e-governance would bring about more transparency in the system of transfer postings of IAS and IPS officers, which the Opposition dubbed a “flourishing industry”, Hemant said: “If someone comes up with concrete evidence about reported acts of bribing re, I am ready to order an inquiry. My government will take stern measures.”

Speaking on the outreach programme to bridge the digital divide between urban and rural Jharkhand, Hemant said: “The official website of the state government would soon be updated and all necessary data available online.”

Sources said almost all the 4,562 panchayats across Jharkhand had Pragya Kendras but majority of them were not functioning effectively due to various reasons.

However, chief secretary R.S. Sharma opined that these centres would improve once the services increased and more and more people started availing the facilities.

“Land records and PDS ration cards are in great demand in villages. This apart, Aadhar cards, motor permits and other services have been linked to Pargya Kendras,” he added.

Principal secretary (IT) N.N. Sinha said in the first phase, the drive would be carried out in 12 districts.