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Pitroda goes global, talks rural on Twitter

Source: CIOL, November 2, 2012

BANGALORE, INDIA: At his global Twitter press conference, advisor to the Prime Minister on public information infrastructure and innovations, Sam Pitroda, emphasised on bridging the urban-rural divide by establishing the rural broadband network.

"In the next 18 months, v plan to connect 2,50,000 panchayats# innovation," he tweeted, at the Global Innovation Roundtable 2012. (sic)

"We are introducing #innovation scholarships, TOD-FOD-JOD centres, Akash tablets and connectivity through NKN." (sic)

There would also be some workshops for rural children, he tweeted. "Workshops to help children dismantle & understand concepts behind everyday products: PC, mobile, TV etc." (sic)

He said that government envisions panchayats as hubs for service delivery to citizens as and when broadband connectivity is established.

"We have made progress on Innovation Fund, 7 clusters, scholarships, MP Awards, Meta University, NOFN, etc," he stated.

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