Friday, December 2, 2022

Steps to rollout 5G in Mnp initiated, says Biren

Correspondent

Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Thursday stressed the need for the state’s youths to gain expertise in the field of IT sector so that they could cope with the drastic advancement in the sector.
Addressing the inaugural session of the “Capacity Building Conference on 5G” held in Imphal Hotel Classic Grande, Singh continued that youths of the state seemed to be reluctant towards the IT sector.
He added that no local student could be found getting admitted at the Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIT) opened in the state.
He appealed to parents and guardians to consider the importance of their wards getting knowledge of Information Technology, mentioning that it is time for the IT sector.
Maintaining that the state had been making great strides in all spheres of development, he said leveraging Telecom infrastructure for better governance has been an integral part of the state government’s inclusive development strategy.
He said the state government has been extending full support and co-operation for creation of Digital Infrastructures in Manipur and initiatives, like Bharat Net, are being implemented in the state to transform the rural masses by providing affordable and equitable access to the internet.
The chief minister informed that 360 villages of the state had been included under 4G saturation project to provide 4G mobile services to uncovered villages in remote and difficult areas.
Proposal was under preparation for inclusion of additional 833 uncovered villages, he stated.
He continued that the IT department of the state government in association with CSC- Special Purpose Vehicle had been monitoring the performance of 1000+ active CSCs in the state.
Based on their performance, an incentive programme had been implemented to encourage CSCs to provide services in remote areas, he added.
Stating that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched 5G services in India last month to power the future of connectivity in the country, Singh informed that the state was also taking up various initiatives for successful roll out of 5G services in the state.
A working committee on 5G had been formed and an amendment to Manipur Right of Way Policy 2019 to incorporate 5G policies had also been processed, he said.
He expressed that building a robust and resilient connectivity infrastructure in the state is critical, given the state’s strategic location which connects India to one of the most economically dynamic and politically significant geographies of the world.
The chief minister was also hopeful that deliberations and discussion of today’s conference would help gear the State towards a smooth and quick roll out of 5G in the State.
The inaugural session of the conference was also attended by DG (DoT) Ashutosh Sharma, DG (DIPA) Tilak Raj Dua, state chief secretary, additional chief Secretary, special secretary (IT) and senior officials of the Central and state government among others.
The inaugural session was followed by two technical sessions and a briefing session.

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