Electronics Corporation of India Limited has resolved to focus on applications for societal benefit and extend the reach of technology to rural areas, ECIL Chairman and Managing Director K S Rajasekhara Rao said. Speaking to media persons, Rao said ECIL drew up an ambitious plan to introduce the digital radiology system aimed at providing cost effective health care solutions to rural masses. It was proposed to manufacture high resolution LCD monitors needed for the system in ECIL’s Tirupati unit. “With our knowledge and experience gained in the strategic sectors, we hope to penetrate deep, making the medical electronics and ITES affordable to even hospitals in small towns,” he said, adding that ECIL entered into an understanding with an US company in this regard. Other initiatives in the massive expansion plan include a total IT solution market yard management system based on intelligent kiosk for farmers. Information pertaining to agricultural commodity market, weather forecast and other related aspects can be obtained in 14 Indian languages using the system. The Tirupati unit is gearing up to produce the new low cost personal computer ‘EC PC’ on a large scale. The PC, specially designed for the Indian needs, has many key features, which can be used in Rural Knowledge Centres and panchayats, Rao said. The ECIL unit is currently engaged in manufacture of seven lakh multipurpose national identity cards (MNICs). It has so far produced six lakh electronic voting machines. The Tirupati unit, which was confined to assembling electronics products till now, would start manufacturing some of them soon, he said. Director (Finance) U Krishnamurthy said the company achieved Rs 192 crore profit in 2006-07 by registering a record turnover of Rs 1,006 crore. Atomic Energy Additional Secretary and ECIL Director Raja said the public sector unit was striving to develop electronics for the benefit of common man.