‘Digital India will generate significant number of jobs’

Iqbal Kirmani
SRINAGAR: Digital India programme will directly or indirectly generate a significant number of jobs in the information technology, telecom and electronics sector, D K Agarwal, General Manager, Kashmir, of BSNL said here Wednesday.
He was speaking at a press conference held at Srinagar Exchange of the telecom major in backdrop of Digital India Week, which was launched on July 1.
Digital India programme, according to the Agarwal, focuses on developing digital infrastructure with an aim to facilitate governance and services and to ensure empowerment of citizens.
“Digital India would be a crosscutting programme, ranging from broadband connectivity at grassroots level to WiFi facility in schools and universities and at public places,” he said.
He said BSNL, as part of the Digital India Week celebrations, has been organising programmes in various districts of the state and has installed high-end technological equipment at its main exchange in Bemina.
“State-of-art technology equipment Next Generation Network (NGN) was installed, tested and accepted at Bemina exchange,” he said, adding that NGN will improve the quality of service to both voice as well as IP-based services.
“Idea behind the NGN is that one network transports all information and services like voice, data and all sorts of media including video by condensing them into ‘packets’ similar to those used on the internet,” he said.
Agarwal said BSNL has been trying to ensure Amarnath pilgrims face no hurdles this year.
“2G service is available at all stations en route to Amarnath cave and 3G services are also being provided at various stations. Optical fibre connectivity, V-SAT as alternate media and other satellite phones have also been installed for pilgrims,” said Agarwal.
BSNL has already made the national roaming free and night calling on BSNL landlines has been made free of cost to any network in India.
Urging mobile subscribers to submit their application forms afresh, BSNL GM said it will cancel SIM card registration of customers who do not cooperate.
“CAF’s of customers were damaged in the floods last year I request all the valued customers to cooperate with the department by submitting their CAF’s at any counter at the earliest,” Agarwal said.
He, however, did not announce any deadline.