Indian tourist places to have Wi-Fi facility

The government would soon provide Wi-Fi facilities at all major tourist places across India, Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Thursday.

“Taj Mahal, Sarnath, Bodh Gaya are some of the places that will get a Wi-Fi facility soon. We have already started providing free Wi-Fi service at Varanasi ghats. The government has also started the facility of providing e-visa to tourists,” Prasad said here at the ‘Manthan conclave’ organised by Aaj Tak.

He said his ministry has formulated a new policy to make tier II and III cities as IT hubs.

“We are setting up call centres and BPOs at small towns and creating 48,000 jobs in the first phase. We will give subsidy to take IT revolution to smaller towns,” he added.

“E-commerce is a big opportunity and we are roping in the Department of Posts to deliver goods to small towns and villages. Postal department has become a reliable partner for big e-commerce companies to deliver their goods,” the minister added.

Telecom and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad
Talking about the Modi government’s focus on digital India that aims to bridge the gap between haves and have-nots by using telecom and IT as a tool, Prasad said India would soon have 100 crore mobile subscribers, while within two years Internet connections would grow from 30 crore to 50 crore.

“We are connecting 2.5 lakh village panchayats with broadband and opening common service centres at remote locations to provide services and government facilities at the doorsteps of citizens,” Prasad said.

Meanwhile, President Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate 24 hot spots with 30 Wi-Fi access points in the President’s Estate on Friday.

“The facility has been set up in order to provide internet services free or at nominal charges to all residents of President’s Estate,” an official statement issued here on Thursday said.

Union Minister of Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad, along with other government officials, will be present on the occasion.