Maharashtra Government is targeting to create 50 digital villages by 2016. To begin with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said Arisal, a village infamous for malnutrition, would soon become the first digital village in the country.
With the help of technology giant Microsoft, Fadanavis said, “Through ICT-based smart project, we can change the status of Arisal, which is called the capital of malnutrition. We are looking to integrate ICT into healthcare, education, energy and other areas.”
While talking to Bhaaskar Pramanik, Microsoft India Chairman, Fadnavis said that Maharashtra would soon become the most preferred state for investments. “We are trying to remove more rules. Earlier, as many as 76 permissions were needed to set up a new business, and it would take a maximum of three years to get them. But, now we have brought down the number of permissions to 37. The government is trying to bring them further down to 25 in three months,” said Fadnavis.
He further said that the state government is trying to make Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) smart to provide industrial areas with better efficiency.