SRINAGAR: The government is planning to make Wi-Fi facility available at four tourist destinations in the Jammu and Kashmir divisions of the state.
According to an official handout issued here, the Minister for Information Technology (IT), Moulvi Imran Raza Ansari, Tuesday said the state’s “IT Department in future envisages having the Wi-Fi facility at four tourist locations of Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine, Dal Lake Srinagar, Gulmarg and Pahalgam.”
Besides, Ansari said, hotspots would be provided to Jammu and Srinagar cities to make them IT-Smart, IT Bhawan would be established at Bemina, and IT parks would be set up at Gathi, Kathua, Zainakote and Budgam areas.
The Minister was speaking at a review meeting of the IT department, Jammu and Kashmir e-governance agency (JaKeGA) and State e-Mission Team (SeMT) in this winter capital of the state, the handout said.
The meeting, it said, was informed that the IT department, through SeMT and JaKeGA programmes, has completed more than 10 projects while 13 more are under implementation and another 12 are in process of sanction and clearance.
The meeting was told that the IT department, in the coming years, “envisages around 100 Government-Citizen Electronic Services from major public dealing departments,” it added.
The handout said the work on “the establishment of J&K State Wide Area Network (SWAN) will commence along with the e-District and State Service Delivery Gateway (SSDG) project….”
It said Minister of State for IT and Finance, Pawan Kumar Gupta, Secretary Information and Science Technology, Sourab Bhagat, CEO JaKeGA, and other senior officers were present in the meeting.
“The ministers, while appreciating the endeavours by the department for putting the state on IT map, exhorted the officers to undertake purposeful and meaningful activities so that the purpose with which the organisations were established is met to the fullest extent,” the handout said.