Community Information Centre
A vital need has been felt to extend the reach of modern day technology to the area in order to enable rapid socio-economic development and bring the area closer to the national mainstream. With this objective in mind, the Prime Minister announced a plan for the establishment of IT facilities at the block level in the North-Eastern Region in February 2000. In April 2000, the then Ministry of Information Technology launched a project to establish Community Information Centres (CICs) in all blocks in North-Eastern States. Under this project CICs are in the process of being setup in all 487 blocks of the North-Eastern States. Honourable Minister for Information Technology, Govt. of India, inaugurated the pilot Project covering 30 blocks in these states on 12 August 2000. The establishment of the CICs constitutes a tremendously challenging task in view of the remoteness of the area and the difficult mountainous terrain. In a region where good communication is lacking, satellite based links to the world outside will usher in a revolution in socio-economic development.
Under the CIC project computer and communication infrastructure is being setup in each block of NE India. The centres are being located in local schools, colleges or suitable government buildings. In order to ensure uninterrupted communication, the Centres are connected through a satellite based computer communication network. Each CIC is equipped with a VSAT, computer systems, printers and networking equipment.
The CICs will not only facilitate the region to avail the benefits of global connectivity through Internet, but will also bring the region closer, emotionally, to the national mainstream by enabling more efficient and faster information flow amongst the people, other State Governments and the Central Government. The IT infrastructure set up at CICs will assist the concerned State Governments to plan IT-based Citizen-centric applications making government services available through the CICs.
Establishment of CICs will help bridge the digital divide. Local language interfaces are expected to be provided for Citizen Centric services. These services will entail an IT-enabled interface for public dealings of the government. Some examples are Birth and Death registration, Marriage registration, Schemes for the underprivileged, Local Market information and so on. There will be an increased awareness of IT especially among the block level staff. The project will lead to skill enhancement in school children. Internet access will tremendously benefit college goers and professionals among others.
This link may be used to trace the CIC web sites for South Tripura District.