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Saturday, 31 October 2020

All Karnal panchayats to have Wi-Fi ‘chaupals’

Parveen Arora
Tribune News Service
Karnal, October 30

All gram panchayats in Karnal district are all set to have Wi-Fi chaupal facility to provide affordable internet access to village residents.

Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar will dedicate the Wi-Fi chaupal facility to all gram panchayats on November 1 through video-conferencing.

CM to inaugurate project tomorrow

  • Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar will dedicate the Wi-Fi chaupal facility to all gram panchayats on November 1 through video-conferencing
  • With the inauguration, Karnal would become the first district of the state to have Wi-Fi chaupals in all panchayats, said the authorities
  • Out of 382 gram panchayats in the district, Wi-Fi chaupal facility has been started in 193 panchayats. The sites in 288 panchayats have been readied and Wi-Fi equipment are being installed

With the inauguration, Karnal would become the first district of the state to have Wi-Fi chaupals in all panchayats, said the authorities.

Out of total of 382 gram panchayats in the district, Wi-Fi chaupal facility has been started in 193 panchayats. The sites in 288 panchayats have been readied and Wi-Fi equipment are being installed there. The authorities claim that the facility would be started there by the end of this month.

The Union Government had asked Bharat Broadband Network Limited to lay down the optical fibre network in the rural areas to develop Wi-Fi chaupals around two years back.

The BSNL was appointed service provider, but later, the Common Service Centres (CSCs) were assigned as service provider.

The deadline was earlier fixed as March 2020. It was later fixed for July 31 due to the Covid-induced lockdown. After two deadlines, now the project is all set to commence.

"Road widening projects, connectivity issue and technical glitches were the main reasons behind the slow pace of implementing the Digital India project in rural areas," said an official.

"The CSC Wi-Fi chaupal programme will play a significant role in providing affordable internet access to the rural citizen," said Nishant Kumar Yadav, Deputy Commissioner.

Five government offices, including government school, anganwari, CHC/PHC, veterinary hospital and gram sachivalya (village secretariat) or chaupal have been earmarked where internet connection will be provided free of cost for one year with 4MBPS internet speed and 30GB free internet data daily, the DC asserted.

About the plan, Yadav said that initially, the project would start with 100 MBPS per block and it would be increased as per requirement of the block.

Village level entrepreneurs have been involved in this project. They would provide all kinds of technical support and services to the villagers, the DC said. Any person can access the internet free of cost from the five government offices. At other places, they would have to pay, said the DC.



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