Palampur hill station in Himachal Pradesh today became the first town in the State to have free public Wi-Fi facility. Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh launched the service from capital Shimla. Singh said as many as 51 Wi-Fi hotspots were set up at different places to fully cover the town with the facility provided by Reliance Jio. He said the government would provide Wi-Fi facility in all government colleges of the state in the near future and would also implement the State-level Policy (SLP) for Wi-Fi. He also added that this would enable all telecom operators to install Wi-Fi equipment in urban areas of the State to make Himachal Pradesh, the first state to come up with such a policy.
The Chief Minister said that digitalization and development go hand-in-hand and the government was committed to providing high speed internet access to all its citizens in the state. Information Technology and IPH Minister Vidya Stokes appreciated the efforts and said that it would go a long way in strengthening IT services in the state. IT Advisor to Chief Minister, Gokul Butail said 21 government colleges, Mall Road, Manali, Kotwali Bazar Dharamshala and 17 bus stands in the state were connected with Wi-Fi facility.
Only a few weeks back, Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu launched the first free Wi-Fi hotspot in the state at a government college. ”This pilot project has been launched in a center of learning to bring internet closer to the students and faculty to make them at par with other premier technical institutes across the country in the field of education and research,” he said. Khandu said the government has plans to make the twin towns of Itanagar and Naharlagun a free Wi-Fi zone and it would be a step towards digitization of the country, which is in par with Narendra Modi’s Digital India mission.