With the state making remarkable strides in implementation of various e-governance initiatives, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy declared Kerala as the 'complete digital state'.

"The state has achieved 100 percent mobile density, 75 percent e-literacy, highest digital banking rate and broadband connection upto panchayat level," Chandy said in his 69th independence day speech at the Central Stadium here.

"The implementation of e-district programmes in all districts and linking of Aadhaar and bank accounts have laid a strong foundation for Digital Kerala. I am proud to declare the state as the complete digital state, based on these indicators," he added.

Government would set up WiFi hotspots in all local self government institutions and implement complete mobile governance in the next phase to achieve the best results of the Digital Kerala initiative, the CM cited.

The state government would launch an innovative programme in the name of Dr Kalam to enable the youth translate their innovative ideas into sucessful business ventures. "Seeking to retain the memories of late A P J Abdul Kalam, the Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment will launch a new youth programme titled Dr A P J Abdul Kalam Youth Challenge," he said.

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