India’s first cyber village, conceptualized by Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling, has been set up at Melli Dara Paiyong in South Sikkim. His Excellency Governor, Shriniwas Patil on October 2, 2013 launched the cyber village project implemented by Information Technology Department, Government of Sikkim. His Excellency The Governor congratulated Shri Chamling and his team for establishing the first cyber village in the country. The Hon’ble Chief Minister had during his 42-days ‘Sikkim Bhraman’ in 2011 had announced that the concept of cyber village would be introduced in Sikkim. The cyber village software at Melli Dara Paiyong Gram Panchayat Unit (GPU) is web-based and allows gathering of information from grassroots level using handheld devices and integrating it with the departmental database on a real time basis. Each of the six ward panchayat is provided with the handheld devices to collect and update data of the villagers. Each resident will have his or her exclusive digital profile in the handheld device. Data generated are used for multiple purposes including police verification and monitoring of benefits provided by the government to the villagers. The data are generated and verified by the concerned ward panchayat. SMS based services have been adopted in the project wherein a registered villager can benefit without being present in the offices physically. The software has been developed with active participation of member of Melli Dara Paiyong GPU. As per the project, the Information Technology Department will be providing computer literacy to the villagers of Melli Dara Paiyong. School going children will also be sensitized on cyber security. “The State government has embarked on the process of taking our villages to the next stage, i.e. cyber village. This will uproot the very notion of ‘digital divide’ from Sikkim forever,” says Melli Dara Paiyong GPU president D.B. Pradhan.
The GPU has extended its deep gratitude to the Hon’ble Chief Minister and Information Technology Department for considering it for the cyber village project.
Date Published: 2016-03-10