2 Indian techies in US create India’s first SmartGaon: Modi

New Delhi:Indians abroad are still emotionally attached to their ancestral village,

Prime Minister

Narendra

Modisaidon Sundayciting the example of two Indian IT professionals in the US who have developed the SmartGaon mobile app that connects the village internally and with the wider world.

In his

Mann Ki Baatradio address,

Modimade a reference to

Yogesh Sahuand Rajnish Bajpai, the developers of SmartGaon, which also serves as a one-stop information centre and a marketplace for farmers.

It so happened that once I was interacting with Indian youth in

San Josetown of

Americahailed as a

technology huband I appealed to those young people to think over how could they use their talent for Indias benefit, he said.

The

SmartGaonapp is not only connecting the villagers with the whole world but now they can obtain any information on their own

mobile phones.Residents of the village Taudhakpur in Rae Bareilly, the village chief, District Magistrate, CDO and every one joined in to create awareness amongst the masses.

Taudhakpur has become the Indias first

SmartGaonvillage. It has CCTV cameras, public address systems, street lights, regular health check-up events, almost uninterrupted power supply and also a Wifi zone.

All initiatives undertaken in the village are updated, recorded, tracked and monitored on the app.

The app has other key features such as a villagers directory, news and events calendar, health and information center. Besides, the apps Gram mart feature has created a popular marketplace for farm produce.

This app is actually bringing in a digital revolution in the village,

Modisaid.

The US-based Sahu and Bajpai are currently involved in carrying forward the project to six more villages in Chhattisgarh,

Uttar Pradeshand

Maharashtra.

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