Rural people reaping benefits of digitisation in Rangpur

RANGPUR The rural people are reaping enormous

benefits from digitisation programmes, one of the 10 special initiatives of

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, accelerating their development for building a

developed country.

Talking to BSS, Deputy Commissioner of Rangpur Md Asib Ahsan said

digitisation has become the most effective tool in reaching government

services to rural people's doorsteps through the union digital centres

(UDCs).

The digital facilities have become inseparable parts of civic life in

rural areas and younger generations believe that every village would be

turned into a town with modern urban facilities in the near future, he said.

The rural people are easily getting information and necessary services

through the UDCs at all 77 unions of the district about agriculture, health,

education, admission, law, human rights, employment, marketing produce and

many other fields.

Entrepreneur Arifuzzaman Moon of Saddyapuskorini UDC in Sadar upazila said

rural people are getting 35 to 38 types of services quickly, easily and at

the lowest costs from his UDC like other UDCs across the district.

The UDCs are providing many services like land related documents and

mutation, composing, printing, photo, scanning, e-mailing and talking to

others using internet both at home and abroad and multimedia projector

facilities, Moon said.

Digitisation under the access to information (a2i) programme of the Prime

Minister's Office has ensured easier access to information and communication

technology for rural youths also helping them to earn through outsourcing

sitting at homes.

Digitisation is speeding up rural development in turning every village

into a town to build a middle income nation by 2121, attain SDGs by 2030 and

build a developed country by 2041, as envisioned by Prime Minister Sheikh

Hasina, Moon added.

Talking to BSS at the Saddyapuskorini UDC, farmers Rahim Uddin and Mohan

Chandra said they are easily getting information on crop farming, pests'

management, agri-technologies, seed and fertiliser and pesticide managements

there.

I downloaded all information regarding admission in the public

universities from the UDC through internet and applied for taking part in

admission tests, said student Kamal of village Osmanpur in Badarganj

upazila.

Senior District Information Officer Md Humayun Kobir said digitisation has

created a social renaissance accelerating development in every sector and

making civic life easier and dependent on online digital services everywhere

in rural areas.

Principle of Lalkuthi School and College Abdur Rous Sarker here said many

educational institutions in rural areas are easily managing academic,

administrative, attendance, examinations and results and accounts related

activities using digital facilities.

The epoch-making digitisation programme has built an irreversible and

stronger ground to build a middle income Bangladesh, and subsequently

developed country, as envisioned by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Sarker

added.

Associate Professor of Begum Rokeya University Dr Tuhin Wadud said

digitisation has become helpful for students, youths, farmers, men, women,

teachers and socio-cultural activists in rural areas where the UDCs are

reaching all e-services to them.

By virtue of digitisation, all indexes of rural people are increasing by

cutting poverty, improving public health status, preventing militancy,

terrorism, drug abuse, child marriage and other social curses, Tuhin added.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)