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Digital mission: Apollo Hospital to connect to 60K villages

The ministry of communication and information technology is embarking on an ambitious project to connect 60,000 villages of the country with Apollo hospital soon under the digital India mission.Apollo-Hospital

Communication minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that according to plan, the villagers would be able to get online appointments after primary consultation free of cost with doctors of their preference from community service centres at villages.

“A few premier hospitals of the country, including AIIMS, have been brought under the scheme to ensure hassle-free on-time service to each and every citizen of the country. Now, it is going to be extended further by connecting with Apollo hospital,” Prasad said. Besides commercial services, the government has planned to ensure health, education and other allied services to every Indian through information technology under the digital India mission, Prasad said after opening Post Shoppe and Core Banking Service (CBS) at Agartala Head Post Office.

The Department of Posts is waiting for approval of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to introduce payment banking through its extension network across rural India, he said, adding that 1.2 lakh rural post offices of the country have been targeted to be upgraded into separate business hubs besides faster and assured communication services by next month. “Under the project, we aim to provide a solar operated device to every postman working in villages to start e-commerce. Initially, banking and insurance products would be provided at the doorstep and the services will be enhanced gradually,” Prasad said.

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