Singh, who launched the total E-literacy Programme of Kerala Government being implemented under P N Panicker Vikas Vigyan Kendra here, said this was an initiative which could be taken across the country.
 
"In fact, we need such initiatives to be taken across the length and breadth of the country. This will help us in realising the full potential of ICT--- in decentralized governance, in better delivery of services, particularly education, in financial inclusion and e-commerce," he said.
 
Recalling the services of late P N Panicker in universal literacy and library movement in Kerala, the Prime Minister said the e-literacy programme being launched in tune with the earlier movements would also contribute to quickening the pace of Kerala's social and economic development and political empowerment of people.

Singh said the programme would also help in building social capital by enabling success stories of community efforts to be shared easily.
    
The Prime Minister said Panicker, a Gandhian, also worked to foster social amity and harmony devoting his last years to ‘Friendship Village Movement’.
     
At the outset, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said the programme was aimed at achieving total e-literacy in the state in 33 months.
    
In its first phase, the campaign would cover 100 panchayats across the state. Kerala Governor Nikhil Kumar, Union HRD Minister Shashi Tharoor, Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson P J Kuiren, state ministers P K Abdu Rabb and Shibu Baby John and Vice Chairman of P N Panicker Vigyan Vikas Kendra N Balagopal were present on the occasion.

(Agencies)

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