Union Minister of State
for Communications and Information Technology Sh. Sachin Pilot today
reviewed connectivity related issues in the border areas of Jammu and
Kashmir at Poonch. Officials from the State Government, Ministry of Home
Affairs, Army, BSNL, Department of Telecom and others were present.
This is second review by the Minister in the last few months in view of
the sensitivity of the area and the high priority the Government
attaches to development of telecom facilities in the region.
At Rajouri, Sh Pilot launched WIMAX across the state. This would be
implemented at a cost of Rs. 12.8 crores, enabling high-speed broadband
access wirelessly in rural and remote parts of the state. Talking to the
media, Sh Pilot said data connectivity will enable applications like
e-learning and e-health to roll out to remote and inaccessible areas of
the state. Expanding the reach of modern telecommunication systems in
the state, BSNL plans to erect 108 Wimax Towers in Jammu & Kashmir
during 2012-13, of which 13 would be in Rajouri and Poonch. The Minister
informed that 41 locations in the state now have 3G access.3, including
remote areas like Rajouri, Poonch, Akhnoor, Samba etc.
Dedicating the modernized Head Post Office at Rajouri, Sh Pilot said
world class postal facilities would now be available to people of
Rajouri. Under Project Arrow 17 post offices in the state have been
modernized at an expenditure of over Rs. 2.2 crores, including the post
offices at Jammu, Udhampur, Kathua, and Poonch.
In Jammu, Sh. Pilot visited the National Institute of Electronics and IT
(NIELIT) campus and launched a course in Computer Concepts in Dogri.
NIELIT has also partnered with the State Government to provide
employable skills to the youth of the state. Sh. Pilot said IT
infrastructure in the state is being strengthened. He said Department of
Electronics and IT has sanctioned Rs. 37 crores for setting up the State
Data Centre which will be launched early next year.The Minister said Rs.
37.5 crores has been sanctioned to set up the State Wide Area Network,
and this would also be implemented next year.
The Minister also inaugurated the Cyber Forensic Lab at Jammu, saying
that with the widespread use of IT in all areas of personal and
professional life, cybercrime has become a real challenge. He said, to
create resources in this area, Cyber Forensic Laboratories are being set
up. While the one in Srinagar is functional, the one in Jammu was