Rajasthan is going digital and being all-inclusive. The recently held DigiFest in Udaipur paved the way for entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. Now, in an attempt to not exclude the population who is not comfortable reading or writing in English, Rajasthan now offers Hindi email IDs!
According to the 2011 census, the literacy rate in Rajasthan is 66.11%. Marwari is the most widely-spoken language in Rajasthan which is written in the Devanagari script.
Having an email address in Hindi will not only encourage more people to get online but will also allow them to access websites that felt beyond their reach. The email is one feature offered to residents of Rajasthan as a part of a DigiKit.
These emails will follow the format of firstname.lastname@example.org (in Devanagari script) and can be accessed by people who use the Latin or Devanagari keyboard.
The first email ID using this format has been created for Vasundhara Raje, the Chief Minister of Rajasthan.
The state IT department has undertaken this project in alliance with in-sourced private IT companies. A 10-member team has been working for the past three months to realise this project.
Akhil Arora, the principal secretary of the IT and Communications Department, spoke to the Hindustan Times.
He said, “During DigiFest Kota in August 2017, CM Vasundhara Raje had shown the intent to have a vernacular email service for the residents who are not fluent in English. Hence, the vernacular email, in Hindi, was launched on December 3. Rajasthan in the first, and currently the only state, to have a vernacular email.”
Authorities are optimistic that this move will get more people to participate in e-governance.
“The initiative will ensure maximum participation of people towards e-governance and also that maximum facilities are available in [the] vernacular language. This email is [a] small part of the bigger picture ‘Rajasthan Digikit’ which has an enrolment of more than one crore people.”
The Rajasthan government website also offers video tutorials for the schemes planned by the government and on how to use them. Rural Wi-Fi set-ups, electronic payment provisions, and online auction platforms between purchasers and brokers or farmers are other noteworthy governmental schemes in Rajasthan.