MoU signed for reaching mobile phone services to rural people

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MoU signed for reaching mobile phone services to rural people

DHAKA, Oct 17 (BSS)- Local Government Division (LGD), Access to Information(A2I) Programme,currently Support to Digital Bangladesh, of the Prime Minister’s Office and Robi Axiata Limited today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the aim of reaching mobile phone services to the doorstepof the rural people.

National Project Director of the A2I Programme Md Nazrul Islam Khan, Additional Secretary of Local Government Division Syed Mahbub Hasan and Chief Marketing Officer of Robi Bidyut Kumar Basu signed the MoU on the behalf of their respective organizations at the Prime Minister’s Office.

Officials of the A2I Programme and other organizations concerned were present at the signing ceremony.

Nazrul Islam said the union information service centres (UISCs) have been set up in 4,501 union parishads (UP) across the country to bring rural people under the information technology network for developing their lives and livelihood.

In line with the government’s plan to build ‘Digital Bangladesh’ as charted out in the ‘Vision 2021’, he said the government is adding different services to the UISCs to bring about significant changes in the living standard of the rural people.

Now mobile phone is part and parcel of life of the people of all levels, Bidyut said, adding that rural people will enjoy services of Robi through the UISCs, which will explore facilities to change their life.

Step by step, different services of Robi will be provided for rural people through the UISCs, he said.

Under the MoU, Robi, one of the country’s largest mobile phone operators, will implement their services at 800 UISCs within one year in the country. The remaining UISCs will be brought under the programme in phases.

The people of rural areas can buy Robi SIM and recharge their mobile phones through UISCs.

Besides, the rural people can avail of mobile banking facilities using Robi SIM. After introduction of the services, Robi internet facilities will also be available.

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