ICT As a Vehicle for Rural Development (A Socio-Economic Appraisal in Selective District of Rajasthan, India )

Tuesday, 17 July 2018: 10:30
Oral Presentation
ICT as a Vehicle for Rural Development

A Socio-Economic Appraisal in Selective District of Rajasthan ( India )

Dr.Hamendra Nath Vyas*

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) plays a catalytic role in the domain of socio- economic delivery systems in the modern world. It helps in strengthening the rural livelihoods. India has wintered a quantum leap in the welfare activities after initiation of ICT in governmental spheres. People are the greatest resources in the society and are the focus of all delivery mechanisms of the social organization and enterprises. The range of rural resources of society in India is wide and varied. If the rural situation is analyzed closely, resources would be found to be unexpectedly numerous, but still there exists an inequitable distribution of economic gains.

The debate of the impact of ICT on rural livelihood is two-fold. On one hand, literature vindicates the fact that ICT conduces to the complex task of poverty reduction by leveraging the effects on earning opportunities, on educational and health services, on good governance and promoting democracy. This argument is corporated by C.Kencny et al 2001, World Bank, Millar and Mansell 1999, Potashnik and Capper 2001. On the other hand, the second line is bringing in socio economic development to rural areas in the developing countries. On the contrary, there are also arguments that the technology serves as solution. All these literatures emphasize that ICT with marginalized groups, such as the poor, is not only about overcoming that digital divide, but rather enforcing and furthering the process of social inclusion, which is warranted for transformation of the environment and social system that reproduces poverty. Present work I have selected districts Bhilwara and Chittaurgarh of Rajasthan, India.

Key words: Catalytic, Organization, Resources, poverty, Development

*Associate professor, Deptt. of Sociology, MLV.Govt. Collage, Bhilwara, Rajasthan.India