KTR promises Internet for every village

  • ICANN57 opens; call to provide Net in local language

Hyderabad:  While Union Minister for Information Technology and Electronics Ravi Shankar Prasad has called for providing Internet in local language, Telangana IT Minister KT Rama Rao has promised Net facility to every village in the state.

At the opening Ceremony of the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers’ (ICANN’s) 57th Public Meeting in Hyderabad on Saturday,  the Union minister called upon the ICANN to focus on providing internet facility in local language and involve the people in growth process. “As Internet has become part and parcel of our lives it is time to offer cost effective services in local languages”, he asserted.

The meeting, also known as ICANN57, from November 3 to 9, has brought together thousands of global Internet community members (both on-site and remote) to discuss and develop policies related to the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS). It is hosted by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), with support from the Government of Telangana.

Ravishankar Prasad said that there are 19,000 start-ups in the country. Of these, 5,000 came into existence in the last one year alone. He said that “India has supported the multi-stakeholder model of Internet governance and “we are happy to note that the IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority) stewardship transition has taken place. The Internet is a great equalizer and helps to connect all,” he maintained. “It is now time to look ahead, to build the Internet of the future with the participation of all stakeholders,” he said.

To expand India’s participation in the multi-stakeholder model, ICANN will work with India’s stakeholders, including the Government of India, to develop a structured framework focusing on fostering the development of the DNS industry in India. The framework will concentrate on capacity building for India’s stakeholders, gearing them up for active participation in ICANN and the multi-stakeholder model of Internet governance.

“With the IANA stewardship transition behind us, our top priority now is to focus on our revised mission and new bylaws, and working together with the empowered community. Expanding our outreach is key to our mission,” ICANN President and CEO, Göran Marby said.  ICANN Board Chair Dr Stephen Crocker added, “The world is watching closely to see how a post-transition ICANN community handles its new found role. 

Internet for Telangana villages

Speaking at the inaugural session of the conference, Telangana IT Minister KT Rama Rao said the state government was aiming at providing Internet facility to every village and enable the common man to get technology at his doorstep. 

He said the Telangana government was laying Optical Fiber Cable network (OFC) along with water grid pipeline to provide drinking water. The households in rural Telangana are all set to get internet facility and potable water soon, he claimed. The rural people will draw safe drinking water to remain healthy and avail Internet facility and services at one go and become partners of our growth story, KTR said. 

The minister hoped the Internet facility to villages will have positive impact on their lives. Technology will have its value when optimally used and its services reach the people in daily life.

Telangana was creating records in IT sector at global level and T Hub got accolades from the world over, the minister said. “We are planning to offer 2 MBPS speed internet facility to each household as part of digital Telangana. KTR claimed that Telangana is the first state to introduce cyber security policy in the country besides offering hassle-free services through Mee Seva centres. 

He also claimed that online piracy has been controlled and a plan was on cards to provide online solutions to issues related to education, health, skill development and other sectors in the state.

-NSS

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