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UDCs help curb corruption

Published : 11 Nov 2022 09:44 PM | Updated : 12 Nov 2022 11:31 AM

The Union Digital Centers developed by a2i (Access to Information) are playing a role in establishing good governance by reducing corruption and suffering through the digitalization of services. 

Now, those digital centers will be made hubs for cottage, micro, small and medium (CMSME) industries.

With the existing 8,805 digital centers across the country, all government and private services are being provided digitally to people’s doorsteps. This initiative to deliver services to the doorstep of the people is also recognized in the international arena.

This is helping the people of the country to get any service that they require easily where once they people of remote areas had to travel a long way and wait for hours to receive the services from the concerned department. 

Using the Digital Center, now it has been possible to get services in less time and less cost. 

More than 80.28 crore services have already been provided to citizens through Digital Center. Through this, citizens have been able to save 78.14 percent working hours, 16.55 percent cost savings and 17.4 percent travel savings. 

At present, more than 16,400 entrepreneurs have become self-reliant by providing services to citizens through digital centers. There are more than 5,200 women entrepreneurs among them. 

All this information was asserted by the state minister for ICT division Zunaid Ahmed Palak while speaking as the chief guest marking the 12 years celebration of Union Digital Centre at ICT Bhaban in the capital on Friday. 

The state minister said that UDC is delivering digital services from offline to online, from village to city and from country to abroad. Our aim is to establish one digital center in 87000 villages, so that all services can be reached within the reach of people by establishing one digital center every 2 km instead of every 5 km. Special training and internships will be provided for women entrepreneurs to bring unique services to the people through Digital Center. 

a2i project director Dr. Dewan Muhammad Humayun Kabir said, “Digital Center is globally recognized as a successful role model in delivering services at the doorstep of citizens. In 8,805 digital centers across the country, men and women entrepreneurs have been bringing all public and private services to the doorsteps of citizens easily, quickly and at low cost for the past 12 years. More than 70 lakh services are being provided from these centers every month.” 

Policy Advisor of a2i Anir Chowdhury said, “a2i is working with various ministries and stakeholders of the government to add new people-friendly services to the digital centers. We have already started activities to make digital centers as the industry hub of cottage, micro, small and medium (CMSME) industry in all upazilas of the country.” 

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