Uttarakhand Activist Writes to PMO Seeking Digital Connection in a Village. And Gets Heard!


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When RTI activist Ajay Kumar wrote to the PMO on June 1 seeking better connectivity for Dudhali village in Uttarakhand, little did he expect that it would initiate such a quick response. Not only did the PMO reply to the letter but also wrote to the state authorities notifying them about his demands.

“I had written to the PM demanding internet connectivity, e-smart classes in the schools, e-library and connection of the village with an optical fibre network,” Ajay told The Times of India.

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He also requested that a Common Services Centre should be set up in the village to make the procedure of issuing of  domicile certificates, birth and death certificates, etc. easier.

“Villagers have to go all the way to Dehradun to get these certificates. If the state government starts a CSC in Dudhali, it would benefit the locals enormously,” he told TOI

He wrote to the PMO after his pleas to the state authorities fell on deaf ears, and by June 6, the PMO had written to the Union Rural Development Ministry and the Uttarakhand state government. He received a response from the PMO on June 17,  informing about the officials entrusted with the job of reviewing the action in this case.

Just a week ago, the state government informed him that the IT department had been instructed to start working on his demands.

Dudhali, with a population of around 7,000 people, now stands to receive top of the line internet facilities.

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About the author: Varun Jadia is a high schooler who has just completed his Class 10 boards. He enjoys listening to music, playing his guitar, playing badminton, writing and reading. Math is his favourite subject, and in the future, he wishes to pursue a career in economics.

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