Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Tuesday directed the officials to take measures to strengthen "work from home concept" and said the state government has been taking steps to provide high-speed Internet in villages.

During a review meeting on IT department and digital libraries held at the camp office here on Tuesday, the Chief Minister said digital libraries will be useful to graduate students and primary and secondary education and added that study material related to common entrance tests should be available in the libraries. He asked officials to take measures to provide uninterrupted Internet facility in village secretariats and Rytu Bharosa Kendras.

He said digital libraries will be set up in all village panchayats across the state and directed the officials to prepare an action plan for the construction of 4,530 digital libraries in the first phase that will start from 15 August. The officials said they have prepared the plan to complete setting up of digital libraries by December.

The Chief Minister further instructed the officials to provide three desktops, UPS, desktop barcode printer, scanner, laser printer, software, anti-virus software, unlimited bandwidth Internet along with minimum facilities in the digital libraries. Complete the construction of data centers for storage, he directed them and asked them to provide infrastructure facilities, including three desktop tables, chairs, lights, fans, newspapers, and magazines, too.

The state government will spend Rs. 140 crore for infrastructure facilities and computer equipment in the 4,530 digital libraries in the first phase.

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