Hyderabad: Telangana Information Technology Association (TITA), which has set an ambitious goal to turn every village in Telangana digital, is making tangible progress.
In this direction, the association has collaborated with a Canada-based NRI to turn another village in the State digital. TITA joined hands with Chittaluri Koteswara Rao to make Redlakunta village in Suryapet district to achieve complete digital literacy.
In an event to commemorate the milestone, TITA President Sundeep Kumar Makthala and Koteswara Rao awarded the certificates to the people who took part in the programme. The district collector handed over the certificates to the candidates formally.
TITA President has been propagating the concept of ‘Adopt a Village’ for digital literacy in several programmes within India as well as during overseas visit.
When TITA explained about the Digithon to Koteswara Rao, he was inspired by the concept and wanted to contribute to this cause. He ensured that Redlakunta village which has close to 650 households acquired digital literacy.
The residents of the village were trained on aspects such as using emails, operating online and the use of point of sale machines. As part of the initiative, one person from each of the household has undergone the digital literacy training.
The digital literacy training programme is enabling imparting basic and primary training on digital skills to those living in the villages.
Koteswara Rao was keen to contribute to his village where his father has served as a sarpanch for three consecutive times. The entire village has been together in every milestone the place has achieved. There was never a need for police to step into the village.
Law and order was maintained and peace was prevailed. With the digital literacy programme, the village showed the same togetherness and commitment as everyone sensed the social good digital literacy can bring to the village.
To extend full support in the growth of the village, Koteswara Rao’s father has donated the land for a school in the village where Rao has donated an overhead projector. Both the village and the school are in the path of progress, and Rao is keen to contribute in terms of value-added training to the people.
With the help of technology available in Canada, Rao wants to boost rural technology further helping in employment generation. He said he wants to use technology to improve the way agriculture is carried in his adopted village. Rao also becomes the first NRI to adopt a village and achieve full digital literacy in the entire country.
TITA President Sundeep Kumar Makthala appreciated the efforts and commitment shown by Koteswara Rao in the village adoption and taking the digital literacy programme under the association’s Digithon initiative.
Makthala said, the efforts of the NRI will go a long way in keeping the village vibrant and making it progressive on all the fronts.
Sundeep Kumar Makthala added that the association is keen to see Telangana take the lead in rural digital literacy across the country. The fruits of the association’s efforts have resulted in making 28 villages achieve this distinction already. (INN)