West Bengal completes rural e-governance project

Published by Indo-Asian News Service on Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The West Bengal government, in association with microprocessor manufacturing major Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Monday announced successful completion of rural e-governance programme in the state.

To bridge the digital divide, the programme was targeted at providing effective governance through computer penetration within the Panchayati Raj institutions, covering 210 rural local bodies across 19 districts.

“The programme was initiated by the state Panchayat Raj and Rural Development department. The total project cost was Rs.38 million of which 40 percent was spent on capacity building activities in the gram panchayats,” West Bengal Panchayat Raj and Rural Development department joint secretary Ranjit Kumar Maity said here Monday.

The gram panchayat e-governance project was initiated as part the Panchayat Raj and Rural Development department’s mandate to usher in social and economic progress in the rural areas through the Information Communication Technology (ICT).

“Panchayat Raj and Rural Development department in West Bengal is one of the progressive departments in India which endeavours to effectively leverage the benefits of ICT,” AMD corporate vice-president Asia Pacific Region Ian Williams.

Founded in 1969, California-headquartered AMD designs and produces microprocessor and graphic media solution for computer, communication and consumer electronics industries.

The company has a presence in 80 different locations across the globe employing about 16,500 people worldwide.

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