Pact to create smart villages

The MoU-signing ceremony on Wednesday

Itanagar: The Arunachal Pradesh government on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Smart Village Movement to facilitate technology innovations, research and development, open innovation, technology interventions and curriculum development in select villages.

The agreement was signed by Neelam Yapin Tana, director-cum-member secretary, State Council for IT and e-governance, and Shreya Evani, project director, Smart Village Movement.

Solomon Darwin, founder of the Smart Village Movement, said, "Its open innovation approach will integrate technology and indigenous rural practices to generate sustainable revenue for constituents, thus increasing overall standard of living and quality of life and simultaneously creating economic, social and environmental value."

Shreya said they will form the core team and carry out groundwork like capacity building, awareness and research, reaching out to universities, corporate pivoting and getting approvals for pilots from July to December. "We would select 100 villages spread over 60 Assembly constituencies in consultation with the government," she said and added that advertisements have been floated in local newspapers for recruitment of core team members.

The project would offer a digital platform highlighting challenges of the villages, which will be accessed by universities and research institutes across the globe, who in turn will put in their solutions. These solutions will be accessed by corporates or start-ups, who will express their interest to offer their technology. The core team will then validate the offers and in consultation with the state government invite the selected company or start-up to implement its technology at ground level.

Chief minister Pema Khandu, deputy chief minister Chowna Mein and chief secretary Satya Gopal, among others, were present.


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