IT and Rural India

IT and Rural India
Author … Ram Arya, Class 6, Vidya Shilp, Bengaluru


Information Technology has turned to be a byword for the upwardly mobile Indians. No matter if one is a young student or a professor, a policeman or a politician, a housewife or a scientist, one would use IT services almost round the clock.
Sadly, IT, expressed in these two simple letters has no meaning for the rural population of India. Information Technology might be the craze in the urbanized areas of the nation, but do the villagers have an idea of infotech?
It’s obvious that the under-privileged and the less-modernized cannot afford a PC, smartphone and other gadgets. But even if they can, what will they do without knowing how to speak, read, write and understand, least of all, how to use the devices?
The computers will only be able to give information to the people, but can it supply water or fight epidemics. If it cannot, in which way the thrust for IT is propitious to the dwellers in rural India?
It is true that a computer cannot solve all our problems in the rural areas. The computer also has its pros and cons.
The computer can be a powerful information tool and also an outstanding facilitator for the people who need to accomplish umpteen tasks in limited time.
Unfortunately, many of the experts and planners do not realize that the villagers too need to know about their locality and the resources around them.
A nationwide computer network set up by the National Informatics centre took the “PC” to the rural areas of the country.
The PC also has crucial role to play in villages as it can be helpful in boosting services with regard to Health, Agriculture and Education.
In Indian scenario a PC need not be a personal computer owned by an individual. It can be a community one too. So, everyone can afford it at minimal cost. The community can have it at a common point so that everyone can access it. The computer can be helpful to educate children of any age and it could be a “Cyber Dhaba” for rural citizens through which they can get access to any website and obtain any information which is needed.
The government has set up a task force to install kiosks in the remote villages of the nation. They can be hubs of information and education centres as well.
Health is also a major field where the internet can develop the rural areas. Doctors can browse health schemes and look for different ways to treat their patients.
The development of IT in villages has a great potential for an all-round development and can go a long way in bringing prosperity.

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