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‘Information’ is the basic need of socio-economic development of a nation.

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 12, 2006

‘Information’ is the basic need of socio-economic development of a nation.

Prospect of ‘Information’ in rural development::: a note on CICs achievement

By Debendra Hazarika

‘Information’ is the basic need of socio-economic development of a nation.

 

Both centralize and decentralize government keep and use ‘information’ regarding the whole community to prepare plans and strategy to uplift the status of living in a socio-economic, socio-culture and specific development meant.

 

But in India the sub-continental, it is seen that about 68% of people living below poverty line (BPL) though it has completed about 58 years of independent and a democratic government is ruling on all states and its centre which implies the developmental activities is a big ZERO. It by no means that the centre didn’t implemented any schemes, plans and policies yet. The Centre already executed the few Yearly and five Year plan where spent millions of crores of its revenues. Expenditure on development fund day-by-day increasing but the growth is lacking behind. It indicates wide drawbacks in preparation & execution of schemes, plans and policies.

 

‘Father of nation’ Mahatma Gandhi felt that without involvement of people from grassroots level the policies might be defective. He repeated the fact of rural development in concern to the nation’s growth. The result was the TRUE*** Panchayati Raj Institution later became the indispensable part of the Government.

 

In India the sub-continental among more that hundred crores of population, a few politically adopted ruler can’t be prepared proper policies, plan and schemes to cover all the people of different caste-religion and languages. Another most distinctive cause is geographical dissimilarity.

 

Due to geographical dissimilarity, lack of knowledge, transparency in government policies the people from grassroots level unable to involve government activities directly and policy maker also not aware about the local needs sometimes. That is one of the causes of failure of government policies.

 

Now a day, the modern day technology IT which is also extended to the both government and non-government activities enable rapid socio-economic development and bring the area closer to the national mainstream. There are three views on ‘Data’ by various body is stated as

 

1) ‘Data’ is public asst

 

2) ‘Data’ is private asset and

 

3) ‘Data’ is none an asset.

 

If we consider the ‘Data’ is a public asset view the idea of implementing project Community Information Centre (CIC) was a right decision by the then Vajpayee lead NDA government. The objectives and services by CICs definitely achieves the goal of increasing knowledge of rural community, involvement of various socio-economic activities and the public exchanging their views through IT tools directly or indirectly. IT is the sexy and tangible way of storage and accessing of information. In this process ‘information’ can be accessed repeatedly without any loose.

The CIC project may be considered under ‘Data’ public asset view.

The CICs will not only facilitate the region to avail the benefits of global connectivity through Internet, but it will also bring the region closer to national mainstream by enabling more efficient and fastest information flow amongst the people other state governments and the central government.

The It infrastructure set up at CICs assisted the concern state governments to plan IT-based citizen-centric applications (e-Governance) making government services available through the CICs.

Tremendously CICs changed the IT arena in the blocks of North-Eastern States and Jammu & Kashmir.

Presently, a question arises concern to the permanent existence of CICs beyond 2007 as the funding to the project by Ministry of Communication & Information Technology will ended on 2007. The Union government mentioned in the MoU to hand over the CICs to the concern states government. But still the states governments to prepare policies to adopt the project bring the permanent shape. It demoralizes the 1244 number of employees in 622 CICs including 135 nos CICs in J&K regarding their future prospect.

 

I appealed on behalf of all the 1244 CIC Operators, families and greater rural communities to continue funding by MCIT to CICs make a permanent shape. The DIT also may consider to re-structure CICs as a block level NIC unit under the same ministry and they share fund with the other rural development departments like Panchayat, Rural development, MoNERD, Humar resource developments etc….

 

The arguments of exist permanent existence of CICs is –

 

1) CIC is only the public (government) run ICT infrastructure in block area.

2) It helps concern state government’s works to prepare plan & policies.

3) It is is the only knowledge based platform for all group of rural communities.

4) Through this CICs public involves in all governments activities either directly or indirectly.

5) CICs extending computer literacy to the various groups of rural community in a ease mode.

6) The cost-effective services in CICs helping the poor rural people to test the test of IT.

7) Helping rural poor people by its e-services like e-marketing, e-share trading, weather information, News, job portals, e-ticketing and other web enabled services to uplift their economic conditions.

8) Directly 1244 nos. of family getting employment support from government and indirectly CIC’s may assist to more than 5-10 lacs of educated youth as well as livelihoods to set up their own business model.

9) CICs and its manpower may be uses in all developmental activities of the nations.

10) As the SWAN will be implemented in every sub-division HQ and state HQ CICs also may keep closer to it. CICs may be utilized by government in the single window systems of e-governance.

11) The dream of Rajiv Gandhi to netting North-Eastern states by modern technology will be transferred into reality if CICs become block IT hub in NE states.

This is hereby request to the concern authority to implement more and more ICT enabled services in CICs and extend the infrastructures to other states of the nations. So that, India become IT super power and substantial development will be swifter.

 

The Union government should continue funding for CICs and support CICs to permanent existence. The traditional blame of negligence for N-E states by centre is as old as its independence. So, centre should deeply consider this emotional matter for the human resource engaged in it and the future of communities of greater backward area. Because no one can denied that ICT is only the tool for rapid over all growth of a civilized community.

 

Tip: TRUE= yet to test the actual Gandhian Panchayati Raj services in India.

 

 

Debendra Hazarika, DETE, MISTE (Ex), PGDIT

CIC Telahi, Lakhimpur

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