ICT facilities to 2000 more unions

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In order to build on the government's vision to develop 'Digital Bangladesh' by 2021, ICT facilities will be expanded to 2000 more unions in the country by this year to reach such facilities to the doorsteps of the rural people. Mohammad Nazrul Islam Khan, National Project Director of Access to Information (A2I) Programme under the Prime Minister's Office mentioned that government also has plans to set up union information centres (UICs) in all 4484 unions by 2011 with a view to bringing the country's total population under ICT facilities.

Besides, services like composing, printing, photo, scanning, email, internet browsing and multimedia projector will be provided to the rural people at a nominal price, explained Khan. Additionally it was reported that the A2I Programme has been providing field- level training to the concerned people. Initially, community-based e-centres (CECs) were set up in two unions within a pilot project of Democratic Government Thematic Trust Fund (DGTTF) in May 2007 with a view to reaching the ICT facilities to the doorsteps of the rural people.

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