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Nokia Expands its Smartpur Program in Jammu and Kashmir, Exclusive

Nokia expands Smartpur programme to integrate technology into remote villages.

Save the Children and the Digital Empowerment Foundation, two of Nokia’s philanthropic partners, are in charge of the Smartpur initiative. Nokia intended for the initiative to be long-lasting, scalable, repeatable, and have a major impact.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir will now have access to Nokia’s Smartpur initiative, according to the Finnish telecom firm.
  • The program seeks to provide residents of isolated communities access to technology on a regular basis.
  • In the districts of Samba and Anantnag, Nokia has launched 24 new Smartpur locations in a variety of Panchayat jurisdictions.

The Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir will now have access to Nokia’s Smartpur project, according to the Finnish telecom company. The program seeks to give residents of isolated villages access to technology on a regular basis. In the districts of Samba and Anantnag, Nokia has opened 24 new Smartpur locations in a variety of Panchayat jurisdictions. These facilities will give authorized local business owners the tools they need to link people with the five fundamental pillars of development—education, health, livelihood, governance, and financial inclusion—at the village level.

Two of Nokia’s non-profit partners, Save the Children and the Digital Empowerment Foundation, carry out the Smartpur programme. Nokia created the initiative with scalability, replication, and large-scale impact in mind. With the addition of 90 new villages in the last year, there are now 350 Smartpur centres spread across the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Telangana, and Uttar Pradesh. In the same time frame, 30 Smartpur facilities in Rajasthan, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh were able to support themselves.

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The Smartpur initiative was created to give communities the tools they need to become more self-sufficient and sustainable. Nokia’s main social impact initiative seeks to enhance livelihoods, governance, and financial inclusion while also making it possible for people to access essential services like healthcare and education.

With Save the Children India (Bal Raksha Bharat), Nokia created a Smartpur center in the Palli area in April 2022 to offer services across all of its five pillars. The business got the Bharti Foundation’s Silver Award for Social Initiative (India) last year. The Honourable Prime Minister paid a visit to the center and was satisfied with the work being done there. He also offered helpful recommendations for improving the program and creating connections with government projects.

Amit Marwah, Head of Marketing & Corporate Affairs at Nokia India, stated that “as part of our larger commitment to local communities, we are facilitating connectivity and digitisation to further positive socio-economic, educational and health impacts in India by leveraging core strengths to address the urgent needs of the underprivileged populations.” We are really proud of the fact that we kept our word and expanded from one to twenty-five Smartpur centers across Jammu and Kashmir in only one year. We are grateful for the support and encouragement given by the local government in every way.

In recognition of the program’s potential, the Honourable Lt Governor of J&K, Shri Manoj Sinha, expressed the hope that Nokia will be able to open at least two Smartpur centers in the other districts of the state.

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Written by Shallu Srivastav

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