DoS and ISRO set up VRCs in rural North East

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Shillong, Sept 19 (UNI) The Department of Space and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have started setting up Village Resource Centres (VRCs) in the rural areas of the North Eastern region.

Presently, about 335 VRCs have started functioning in the country, including the North Eastern states of Assam and Nagaland.

VRCs is a space-based service that has been launched in association with the NGOs/Trusts and State/Central agencies.

The VRC project aims at transferring the benefits of the space and IT directly to the communities at the grassroots level to uplift the life and livelihood of rural areas.

One of the main aims of the VRCs is to use developments in the field of IT and space technologies to empower rural communities by enabling greater capacity building and awareness.

The project envisaged is meant to serve as a resource centre to address various primary need based requirements of the local communities such as education, health, weather, agriculture and livelihoods opportunities.

During the Eleventh Five Year Plan, there are plans to step up around 4000 VRCs covering rural/semi-urban blocks of the country and setting up of regional/state-wise HUBs/Servers to cater to these VRCs.

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