|Published : 13 Apr 2017, 20:04:04 | Updated : 13 Apr 2017, 20:10:15|
UDCs bridging urban-rural digital divide
Established in 2009, the Union Digital Centres (UDCs) across Bangladesh are playing a vital role in reducing the digital gap between urban and rural communities, report agencies.
The centres are aimed to deliver socio-economic benefits to nearly 70 per cent of the country’s population living in rural communities.
The UDCs help service providers and users save time and cost and make operations hassle-free. Operating under the public-private-people’s partnership (PPPP) modality, these centres are run by local entrepreneurs, hosted by union councils and supported by the central administration.
The UDCs are well equipped with various need-based modern devices and machinery like computers, laptops, laser and colour printers, projectors, modems, digital cameras, scanners, and Photostat machines.
The grassroots people are provided necessary information on agriculture, land, health, education, mobile banking, VGD/VGF card database and legal aid from the centres.
The UDCs are also providing facilities like computer training and birth and death registration and video conferencing to the local people.
Experts say mass-awareness should be ensured to turn the centres more effective.
They laid emphasis on the strong and positive role of media and local representatives to make the initiative successful.