Within the next 18 months, the Uttar Pradesh government will provide internet connectivity via broadband in all gram panchayats of the state.
Information technology is on the priority list of the Samajwadi Party government that is also making efforts to make 90 citizen centric services available online.
“The state government is all set to provide internet connection in all gram panchayats through broadband in the next one-and a-half-year,” informed RK Tewari, principal secretary, electronics and IT, Uttar Pradesh government.
As part of its policy to bring investment to the state, the Uttar Pradesh government has also assured to make available land on a priority basis to NRIs belonging to the state for setting up IT industry here.
Apart from an IT city in Lucknow, five IT parks are also coming up in as many districts in Uttar Pradesh, including Gorakhpur.
Connecting rural parts of the state through the internet is part of the government’s information technology policy, added Tewari.
Many villages in the state already have a broadband-enabled internet connection. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s adopted village Jayapur in his constituency Varanasi is one such village. However, such initiatives have been made at the local level by villagers without any assistance from the state government.
The UP government has already roped in information technology giants like HCL Technologies Limited for successfully implementing its IT policy.