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e-Panchayat services in Telangana soon

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In an effort to take e-governance to the grass-roots level, Telangana Panchayat Raj Department is set to launch e-Panchayat initiative in Domakonda mandal in Nizamabad district. Announcing this here on Tuesday, Minister for Information Technology K T Rama Rao said the e-Panchayat programme would cover 18 Gram Panchayats and all of them would be connected with Internet, enabling them to offer a wide range of services to the rural people.

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Nizamabad: In an effort to take e-governance to the grass-roots level, Telangana Panchayat Raj Department is set to launch e-Panchayat initiative in Domakonda mandal in Nizamabad district. Announcing this here on Tuesday, Minister for Information Technology K T Rama Rao said the e-Panchayat programme would cover 18 Gram Panchayats and all of them would be connected with Internet, enabling them to offer a wide range of services to the rural people.

“The e-Panchayat centres would act as ‘one stop shop’ offering a wide range of citizen services, including tax payments, pension and NREGA payments,” the Minister said. Telangana Panchayat Raj Department has already initiated the process of establishment of e-Panchayats and is holding discussions with service providers and software developers for infrastructure and connectivity.

The government in-principle decided to use VSAT technology and fibre optic cable network for connecting e-Panchayat centres.“Establishment of e-Panchayats will serve rural students and farmers in many ways, like getting updates regarding crop product prices, results and job notifications,” Rao said.

The Minister said all the e-Panchayat centres in the State would be managed only by educated women in villages and asked Panchayat Raj Commissioner to select women in proposed mandals for training. He said the e-Panchayat initiative would be expanded to 150 mandals as part of the World Bank-assisted programme called ‘Telangana Palle Pragathi’. The remaining mandals would be covered in a phased manner, he said.

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