Geographically located at the centre of the country, Madhya Pradesh is the second largest state of India. It shares its border with the states of Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan.
Madhya Pradesh boasts of having the largest reserves of diamond and copper in the country. However, regardless of a high GDP growth, it is one of the least developed regions of India. Over 75% population of Madhya Pradesh is rural. A wide socio-economic divide within sub-regions has led to sparse development of communication and media infrastructure in many districts. Minimal or no existence of digital knowledge transfer has left people information deprived. For instance, a large tribal population residing in forests depends heavily on forest resources for sustenance and stays ignorant of productive and sustainable livelihood opportunities. Lack of information, particularly regarding welfare programmes, improved methods of agriculture, new extension activities and ongoing market status has kept the rural perennially isolated from mainstream progress. Status of health is pitiable as extent of healthcare schemes is limited and fails to reach the remote corners of the state.
Establishing robust digital infrastructure will bridge the knowledge divide resulted due to unapproachability of the terrain. Digital literacy imparted in this process, especially to the tribal populace will open them to a plethora of information, besides catalysing individual and community capacity building. From making computers publicly available, to providing technology training, the digital tools offered by CIRCs have had the primary goal to serve information needs of the communities. Easy reach to internet and related services would keep those living in the most isolated corners up-to-date with latest agricultural and extension techniques, new employment opportunities, welfare schemes and programmes, along with national and international know-how. Access to information and media would empower the rural communities of Madhya Pradesh and would enable them to participate in governance as well as mainstream progress.
|Area||3.08 Lakh Sq. Km.|
|Total Population||57.25 Crore (Rural 75.1%, Urban 25.9%)|
|Population Density||230/Sq. Km.|
|Population, 0-6 years||14%|
|Sex Ratio (per 1000 males)||930:1000 (Rural 936:1000; Urban 916:1000)|
|Total Literacy (7+ years)||69.32% (Male 78.73%, Female 59.24%)|
|Rural Literacy (7+ years)||63.94% (Male 74.74 %, Female 52.43%)|
|Urban Literacy (7+ years)||82.85% (Male 88.67%, Female 76.52%)|
|Total Scheduled Caste Population*||15.2%|
|Total Scheduled Tribe Population*||20.3%|
|Total Worker Population||43.47% (Female 32.64%)|
|Total Village Panchayats||23,010|
(* The figures are according to 2001 Census)