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Tech must benefit citizens: Naidu

Tech must benefit citizens: Naidu

Mori (East Godavari): Mori, a sleepy village nestling on the banks of the Vasistha river in East Godavari district, overcome all the barriers associated with its rural tag when it officially went digital on Thursday. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu at a function here has accorded the `digital’ status to the village for its rare distinction in undertaking cashless transactions. In fact, it is the first AP village, wired with the fiber network, which goes digital, helping Naidu realize his dream. Mori village of Sakhinetipalli mandal has been declared as 100 per cent cashless. The fiber grid helped all households of the village access internet, cable service and phone facility with only Rs 149. The Chief Minister has also launched the programme of replacing conventional street lights with digital LED lamps for the first time in the State. The village has been also declared as Open Defecation Free. Addressing apublic meeting on the occasion Chandrababu Naidu said that Mori has gone into the annals of the history of rural AP by pioneering digital transactions. This feat will be replicated in other villages in the State, he said. He said that every house will become a knowledge hub and living standards in villages will be enhanced by this initiative. He maintained that that technology should be harnessed for the benefit of poor and over-all human development, as the experiment in Mori vindicated. He expressed hope that wealth could be created by villages with the help IT initiatives. He further said that agriculture tourism will get a boost and marine wealth could be tapped with technology. He informed that 10 lakh triple play boxes have been ordered and fiber grid network will expanded to other villages. He termed Mori village as a role model for the whole of rural India. He launched wifi system by switching on Sri Venkateswara Bhakthi Channel and he spoke to Secretary of Department of Telecommunication, Delhi. He inaugurated a digital classroom also. He said that digital transactions have already begun and cashless transactions will start shortly with the support of different cards. The Chief Minister inaugurated online LED lights in the village through laptop from the dais and said that this will enable to see lighting system from any of the houses in the village in real time. Prof Solomon Darwin of Berkeley University introduced top executives of 22 multinational companies from Silicon Valley to the CM. The CM lauded the efforts of Prof Darwin and his team in transforming Mori in to a smart village.

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