Bengaluru : The State Government on Thursday unveiled an ambitious project to install Wi-Fi facility in all gram panchayats across Karnataka, beginning with 2,500 gram panchayats this year.
The project would bridge the digital divide and provide an opportunity to each and every entrepreneur from the cities and towns across Karnataka, to benefit from the enabling eco-system, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said in his address at the Bengaluru Tech Summit 2017.
“It is with this thought that our government has taken up an ambitious project to install Wi-Fi facility in all the gram panchayats across Karnataka, beginning with 2,500 gram panchayats this year,” he said.
Karnataka accounts for 44 percent of the total investment intentions in the country in 2017 as per the data released by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, he said. Siddaramaiah also said new age incubation network centres have been set up in a few colleges across the state with the aim of encouraging young minds to innovate and invent and become entrepreneurs, he said.
Siddaramaiah said Centres of Excellence have already been set up in areas such as aerospace and defence and Internet of Things, which would support other emerging technologies such as Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Robotics, Cyber Security.
He said Karnataka continues to strengthen the Information Technology sector by investments in a series of proposed projects such as Hardware Park at Devanahalli, Information Technology Special Economic Zone at Mangaluru, Arya Bhatta Park at Hubballi and several Incubators on a Public-Private Partnership model.
“In a nutshell, a total of 921 acres of Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB) land is available in the newly developed clusters across these areas,” he added.