Government to expand DigiGaon project to 700 villages this year


After starting a pilot project in six villages, the government plans to expand the Digital Village or the DigiGaon initiative in 700 villages across the country by end of this year. The initiative not only connects the village with Wi-Fi, it also assists the residents in entrepreneurship opportunities such as setting up cottage industries for manufacturing candle incense sticks or sanitary napkins. Union minister for electronics and IT, Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the common service centers (CSC) which provide basic electronic services such as banking will be expanded to 2.5 lakh villages. “The idea behind DigiGaon is to see how many activities can we initiate and also how the village can become a self-sustainable unit,” Prasad said. He added that sanitary napkin manufacturing facilities have already been started in 110 villages and will be expanded to each block or close to 6,000 villages by the year-end. Ajay Sawhney, secretary, ministry of electronics and IT said that the government is contemplating a subsidy scheme for the Digital village.