Govt launches research centre to develop tools for Digital India initiatives

Govt launches research centre to develop tools for Digital India initiatives
IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad at the inauguration event in Patna on Thursday. PTI Photo

The government on Thursday announced the launch of a ‘Digital Government Research Centre’ (DGRC) in Patna to focus on developing tools and technology for various digital initiatives besides introducing ICT Solutions in order to improve service delivery to the common man.

 The state-of-the-art research and development centre was inaugurated by minister of electronics and information technology (IT) Ravi Shankar Prasad, according to an official statement.

 “India is going through a digital revolution. Digital India is for the masses. India is progressing towards e-Hospitals and e-Mandis. Inclusion being an integral part of our Digital India campaign, we aim to connect villages with this movement. We are already in the process of identifying gram panchayats to take this initiative forward,” Prasad said.

 The research centre is being established at Software Technology Parks of India campus in Patna. It will conduct research on e-governance and knowledge society’s issues. Also, it will help develop programmes for cultural and linguistic diversity and education for all in the e-governance domain.

 It will also act as an interface between technology, government and institutions, according to ministry of electronics and IT.

 The development of this digital research centre will allow citizens to interact through internet any time, from any location. Many services will be available to citizens with computers and Internet access round the clock, in contrast to government offices, which tend to be only open during business hours, the statement said.

 Through this centre, the government and its agents will also have the opportunity to follow citizens to monitor satisfaction with the services they receive. Through feeds, mobile messaging, micro-blogging services and blogs, government and its agencies can share information to citizens who share common interests and concern.


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