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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala is fast emerging as the foremost Indian state in application of IT in diverse sectors from higher tiers of administration to the day-to-day life of people at the grassroots, state’s Industries Minister P K Kunhalikutty said Wednesday.

“Though Kerala is still behind states like Karnataka and Tamil Nadu in software export, it is set to achieve brand status for application of IT in diverse sectors ranging from e-governance to e-banking,” he told reporters here.

All the 14 districts in Kerala have been brought under the e-governance initiative being implemented in 50 districts at the national level.

As per a recent assessment, Kerala ranked first in e-governance among the bigger states and was just behind Delhi when all the states were considered, he said.

The grassroot level e-service initiative ‘Akshaya’ had become a major success offering a variety of services to the people and it was to be linked soon with e-banking system.

Broadly, this would enable people in villages to do banking transactions with the help of ‘Akshara’ kiosks spread around the state, he said.

PTI

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