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New Delhi  :National Informatics Centre (NIC) kicked off the national meet on Grassroot Informatics – VIVID:  Weaving a Digital India, at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, on January  19.

Union Minister of Electronics & Information Technology and Law & Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad inaugurated three-day event. Prasad said, “NIC is the technological bridge of India and is best placed to lead the way for a Digital India that PM Narendra Mordi envisaged. I would urge the District Information Officers (DIOs) to be innovative and proactive.  I appeal NIC to connect with the Common Service Centres (CSCs), who have successfully provided training on digital payment systems to over 1.96 crore of rural citizens and 6.15 lakhs of merchants.”  

Prasad announced the Government’s plan to set up a Government Security Operation Centre and a Data Centre for Cloud in Bhopal, according to a PIB release. He also announced that the government is going to enhance the infrastructure of district NIC offices to international standards. As a pilot project, 150 District NIC offices would be upgraded during 2017-18, while rest will follow soon. He instructed the ministry to develop a training module for the NIC officials to keep pace with the ever evolving technologies. He also announced the introduction of annual awards for the DIOs of the NIC for taking up exemplary innovative approach in their respective districts. The top three best innovators will get a reward of Rs. 2,00,000, Rs. 1,00,000 and Rs 50,000 respectively.

 

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