37% rural youth sans Internet access: Study
A heap of cash comes to every member of Parliament (MP) every year, under a government scheme to develop constituencies. At the end of the year, the money—which could be used to create valuable digital infrastructure in our remote villages—returns to where it came from, unspent. The consequence: Our villages continue to remain cut off from the information highway, even as we dream about the dawn of a Digital India.
Why don’t our MPs establish a place in their constituency for villagers to access the Internet? What about spending to digitize public libraries and documents in panchayat and block offices? Why don’t they think of rural business process outsourcing firms or broadband Internet in village schools? How come there is not a single rural digital literacy centre? Why do MPs not create a constituency website to showcase their work? Why don’t they have digital roadmaps for their constituencies?