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Government of India launched an Information Portal ‘Vikaspedia’ for Social Development

Feb 24, 2014 14:33 IST

    Government of India (GOI) has launched a knowledge portal – Vikaspedia, which aims to target the un-reached communities in India to catalyze knowledge sharing through ICT tools that will lead to development. In other words, Vikaspedia is an online information guide, which is meant mainly for social sectors and will target specific country needs in the domain of social development.

    Besides, Vikaspedia, GOI also announced the launch of new software tools which will help to develop Internet-based content in various regional languages.

    At present, Vikaspedia portal initially contains information on health, agriculture, education, social welfare, energy and e-governance, however, in the days to come, the portal will have more and more information added on it.

    Currently, Vikaspedia portal offers content in 5 Indian languages and plans to make it accessible in all 22 Indian languages in future, said Deity Joint Secretary Rajendra Kumar.
    Kumar added that initially use of localisation.gov.in tools have been employed to convert the content of 7 e-governance mission mode projects, covering contents on health, e-district programme, public distribution system, pension, educations and agriculture.

    For having the best Mobile Application, a remarkable open data app challenge was also commenced in August 2013, which concluded in October as told by Nasscom President - R Chandrashekhar.

    Government rewarded Mobile applications developers, which were made using the information and tools provided by Deity under its e-governance programme.

    The majority winners of mobile Apps were for agriculture related apps, which also mentioned the nearby markets and latest information for instance for its users.

    Notably, a mobile application made for providing mining related information and another on tourism had also bagged cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh each, awarded by government.

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