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Ajmer farmers to show Obama the power of IT


Swati Vashishtha,CNN-IBN
Nov 07, 2010 at 11:40am IST

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Ajmer: A village in Ajmer is getting all set for its e-date with US President Barack Obama . The hamlet of Kanpura 25 kilometers off Ajmer will show the world's most powerful leader how e-governance is changing the lives of the people in the village on a video conference.

The excitement is palpable in Kanpura. Though it's just a dry run for the D-DAY but all are set to have a face to face with Barack Obama.

The villagers have something to show off and that is e-governance through information and technology. This skill will be showcased via video conferencing on November 7 before the US President.

“I'm eagerly awaiting to talk to the world's most powerful man. We feel great that it's our village that's going to be on a video conference with him,” says Sunita Rathore, a resident of Kanpura.

Kanpura's dream of change is just two months old and 10 villages are already connected through optical fibers as part of a pilot project.

“We're all set to show the US President how IT has revolutionised the lives of the people in Kanpura,” says Ajmer District Collector Rajesh Yadav.

Video conferencing with villagers of Kanpura was zeroed in on as one of things on Obama's to do list while in India after a delegation from the White House visited the village in September.

The people of a technologically dolled up Kanpura are now hoping that it is all for keeps.

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