Central government has launched Wi-Fi Choupal under Digi Gaon Project in Dhanauri Kalan village in Jewar constitutency. Under this Digital Village scheme, govt. will provide affordable access to education, skill development and healthcare in villages. Village based Common Service Centers (CSCs) will manage Wi-Fi Choupals and will provide easy access to digital infrastructure and Internet to people. Govt. is also planning to launch this facility in 700 villages across the country till December 2020.
The total number of Common Service Centres (CSCs) which provides basic electronic services will be extended to cover around 2.5 lakh gram panchayats. Union govt. is also planning to launch a Subsidy Scheme for villages under Digital India Initiative.
Union Minister had inaugurated the Wi-Fi Choupal in Jewar on 20 May 2018. Wi-Fi Chaupals connects all the villages with Wi-Fi network along with assistance to setup business units.
Digi Gaon Project – Digital Village Scheme
DigiGaon Project is a multipurpose initiative of the central govt. for the development of villages and to make them self sustainable. Govt. has already setup sanitary napkin manufacturing facilities in 110 villages and will expand it to 6,000 villages till Dec 2018. Digigaon Scheme creates a source of livelihood for poor people and also promotes awareness about menstrual hygiene. The important features of this scheme are as follows:-
- Wi-Fi Choupals will provide low-cost internet connectivity in rural areas. Wi-Fi Choupals also allow the citizens to become entrepreneurs by providing assistance to setup cottage industries to manufacture candle sticks, sanitary napkins, LED Bulbs, Health Service units etc.
- Common Service Centers (CSCs) are the strategic cornerstone of the Digital India Initiative. CSCs serves as the access points to deliver digital services and helps people to enroll through IGNOU and NIOS distance learning programmes. Till date, there are 2.91 lakh CSCs operational in the country.
- Digi Gaon Scheme promotes rural Entrepreneurship, capacity building and livelihood through community participation. All the Digital Villages are equipped with solar lighting facility in community centers, energy efficient LED assembly units, sanitary napkin units with participation of Asha and Anganwadi workers.
- In the initial phase, govt. will start this project in Piyala and Dayalpur (in Haryana), Chandankiyari East and Shivbabudih (in Jharkhand) and Dhanauri Kalan and Sultanpur (in Uttar Pradesh)
All the Digi Gaon will possess regular CSC services like Aadhaar, Banking, Telemedicine, Education and Financial services. Citizens can also get works like income certificate, domicile certificate, pension scheme, mobile recharge etc. at their doorstep.