Digital Telangana, Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s programme, was much more ambitious than Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India, going by the targets that include broadband connectivity to a whopping 8.5 million households and making the city completely WiFi-enabled by the year-end.
This was broadly the sum and substance of the message that Telangana government’s Secretary-Information & Communications Technology (ITC), Jayesh Ranjan had to offer at an interaction organised by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) with InfoComm International, an industry body whose mission is to enhance audio-visual (AV) communication globally.
The seminar titled ‘Integrated Digital Solutions for a Smarter Telangana’ brought together several industry professionals on the initiative of the Department of IT & C in Telangana, including FICCI’s Director-General Arbind Prasad, who presided.
Mr. Jayesh Ranjan outlined how Digital Telangana stood on two pillars — supply and demand. On the supply side, the goal was ‘Internet for All’ and on the demand side, it was among others, to ensure that each household had at least one member who could be termed ‘digitally-literate.
“By using broadband, 4 G and WiFi together, we wish to take the number of citizens’ services we offer digitally, up from the present 320 to over 400,” he declared.
Earlier, FICCI’s Co-Chair for Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, J.A. Chowdary underscored the importance of ICT in achieving last mile connectivity.