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Nextuz to give Kerela its first digital panchayat

A startup based in Piravom, Nextuz will soon bring in the first digital panchayat for the state at Pampakuda in Ernakulam district, per a Business Line report. The appliaction, named as E-gram, will give the authorities a real time access to database of all residents. Also, it will help in doing multi-parameter analysis such as male-female ration, internet penetration, poverty threshold etc.

The startup is currently supported by the Kerala State Information Technology Infrastructure Ltd.

At present, there are around 10,000 residents spread over 5,000 households in Pampakkuda. The digital database will include the personal details such as educational level, blood group, occupation, bank account number, phone number, etc.

“Considering the high mobile penetration in our country, e-gram has a built-in functionality to send text messages and it supports regional languages. This could be used by panchayats in rolling out benefits, announcing, or even acknowledging receipts or certificates. The automated SMS service can also be used to remind citizens when their taxes are due,” said Alok Babu, CEO, Nextuz to The Hindu.

Two years back, the state-owned Information Kerala Mission (IKM), a flagship e-governance project of Kerela, has also implemented ‘Digital Super Highway’. This helped panchayats share unlimited data in a secure mode with the use of an exclusive VPN (Virtual Private Network). 

Digital Panchayat is a flagship project of National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) and the Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF). As defined officially, Digital Panchayat is a functional and dynamic digital platform and working station designed and created for each and every Panchayat in India, powered by Internet. 

There are approximately 2,50,000 Panchayats in India, per the facts mentioned on the official website. Other states’ panchayats which have became digital include Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Odisha, Haryana, Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, MP, Tamilnadu and Uttarakhand.

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