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Broadband connectivity for Indian Panchayats
The government has decided that every panchayat in the country will be equipped with high speed broadband internet access by 2012. The step recognises ICT as an important tool to ensure quality and transparency in process of development.

Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology Sachin Pilot Sunday said the UPA government has taken a decision to ensure that every panchayat in the country is equipped with high speed broadband internet access by 2012.

"We will provide optical fibre cable connection to all panchayats across the country as connectivity is an important component to ensure quality in process of development," he said at a function in Puducherry.

Rolling out a Rs 32 crore State Data Centre and launching a Research and Development Centre sponsored by the Department of Information and Technology of Puducherry government, he said India's success in the IT sector was feasible because of the youth.

"We have also managed to make this mark of being a super power even though only eight per cent of the people in the country use internet," he said.

There would be a paradigm shift soon if a larger chunk of population has access to the internet. The government wants to grant financial and electronic empowerment and as part of this mission each of the panchayats would be provided high speed broadband access, he said.

"Creation of infrastructure in the 21st century is a big challenge and this will be met successfully and it would be an unmatched infrastructure," he said, adding Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had assured to provide the required funds.

He said Puducherry would be earmarked more than the funds sought by the territorial government to develop IT sector.

Later, inaugurating modernised post offices of Villianoor and Tirukanoor here, Pilot said the government has committed to modernise and network all the 1.55 lakh post offices across the country by 2012 at a cost of Rs 1,800 crore under 'Project Arrow' of the Department of Posts.

He said times have changed from inland letters and postcards. People demand several IT based facilities and electronic mails. The UPA government is keen to ensure better services and realise its goal of "inclusive growth and equitable distribution".

Lt Governor Dr Iqbal Singh declared open the Information Communication Technology Academy while Minister of State for Parliament Affairs V Narayanasamy announced a proposal of the Centre to declare Puducherry an 'e governance' district.

Chief Minister V Vaithilingam and IT Minister of Puducherry Shahjahan were among those who spoke at the event.

 

Source: DD NEWS