(services) OF WEST GODAVARIA DISTRICT
by: Sanjay Jaju, Government of Andhra Pradesh
Seva (e services) began in the district of West Godavari, which
is part of the province of Andhra Pradesh in India. The project
is a tool to bridge the digital divide in the rural areas and
has used Information Technology for providing access to various
C2C (citizen-to-citizen) and C2G (citizen-to-government) services
to the people living in rural areas. Under this project web
enabled rural kiosks termed e Seva centres have been established
at the mandal (a sub district unit of administration) level.
unique thing about these centres is that they are run and managed
by women's groups, and have been able to position rural women
as information leaders to help bridge the gender divide. The
project thus provides these groups with an opportunity to become
"information leaders," and helps them act as change
agents. It makes it possible for them to grow in strength and
stature with the project. As a result, the women self help groups
are drawing strength from the project and on the other hand
buttressing the project with their existing strengths, a win-win
situation for the twosome.
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