Gram Panchayats Get Library

State Government will set up Panchayat Library-cum-Infotainment Centre in each Gram Panchayat  to cater to the need of the people of rural area to develop a society with cultural vitality and ethos.

In the First Phase 1000 Gram Panchats will be covered during 2018-19 and rest GPs will be taken up in next two years, officials say.

District Collectors have been asked to go for approaching Gram Sabha for setting up such a Centre in GP, said sources in Department of Panchayati Raj & Drinking Water.

As it has become imperative to develop an intellectual fervor at Gram Panchayat level with an objective of "Empowerment, Enlightenment and Entertainment" to percolate the message of development in the lower crust of the community Panchayat Library and Infotainment Centre will go a long way in this regard, officials say.

In the present backdrop of information explosion throughout the world, common people cannot keep pace with the multi-faceted information needs of everyday life without the aid of Panchayat Public Library.

Public library is no longer merely a recreational centre, it is converted into a Community Information and Education Centre with modern electronic and audiovisual materials, internet services, etc.

As a poor man's university serving the every-day demand of the people, Panchayat Library can play the role of a catalyst bringing tremendous social and economic changes in the rural society.

It will reduce the intellectual divide by providing access to books, information and internet facilities to rural youths of each district and above all disseminate information on all kinds of welfare schemes, agriculture, rural marketing etc.

In fact the state of Odisha is endowed with its rich cultural heritage, and serene natural beauty has been a veritable paradise for visitors across the globe.

The State is economically vibrant with inexhaustible natural resources. Significant decline in poverty and enhancement in quality of life over the years has made the State as the land of myriad possibilities.

Despite intervention of Government in reduction of poverty, still there is a gap in awareness among the people on the program objectives of different poverty alleviation and development programs.

Due to ignorance in the rural areas more particularly in the PESA / KBK Districts having preponderance of tribal population, vulnerable groups like women, physically challenged and other marginal sections, it is expedient to assimilate those marginal sections of the society & PRI members into the mainstream of the society.

Since information has become national resource, information-based society will increase the quality of life of the rural people to a large extent.

There is a necessity for training & learning facilities at village level for the PRI members, grass root functionaries, farmers, women, as well as the youth to motivate them to avail the benefit of Govt. schemes.

In order to widen the IEC activities as well as training for the target group in a convenient and economic mode, digital dissemination can be considered as the suitable solution where same quality of content can be availed anytime & anywhere across the state.

Various audio visual training & learning modules in a 'Do-How' mode will certainly arouse considerable interest among the target group.

An efficient and meaningful Information, Communication & Technology (ICT) system providing accurate, timely, relevant information and services to the rural people of Odisha on Panchayati Raj & Drinking Water, Livelihood, Skill development,
Agriculture & allied activities will empower them for more remunerative livelihood and better future, officials say. 

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