Bengaluru: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Monday said the State government wants to ensure that last mile connectivity is provided to all villages in the state.
Speaking at the inaugural function of the 19th edition of BengaluruITE.biz here at Palace Grounds, the Chief Minister said that to ensure this the State government would be relying on the availability of National Optic Fibre Network up to the gram panchayat level. “I have directed the Department of IT and BT to examine the feasible options and suggest viable means of providing such an infrastructure. The impact of digital inclusion will be manifold. Village-level entrepreneurs will have ready access to the online market and will have the opportunity to explore new markets for their products and services,’’ the chief minister said.
The Chief Minister said that achieving gender equality would have a large economic impact and the IT sector had enabled the significant number of women to join the work space but more needs to be done. “We need to provide opportunities for our girls in rural areas to fully realize their potential. Our government has already launched an initiative – Chetana – to empower the girl child with technology, exposure and mentoring. More than 350 girls have participated in the first phase of the programme,’’ he said.
He said the State government has been augmenting the industrial infrastructure in two-tier and three-tier cities in the state. “We understand that the creation of innovation eco-system is important in all parts of Karnataka if we need to propel the growth of local enterprises. Recently, our government has approved a proposal to set up six common instrumentation centres across Karnataka. The centres will provide an opportunity for electronic hardware startups and MSMEs to have easy access to high-quality instrumentation facilities for fine-tuning their products,’’ he said.
He said the State government intends to support setting up of technology business incubators in the potential areas of Internet of things, electronic system design and manufacturing, robotics, 3D printing, nanotechnology, medical devices, health technology and clean technology in phases across the state. “By ensuring that every idea, with a potential to create impact, is supported through funding and access to incubation and instrumentation infrastructure, and by nurturing innovation, the State intends to create a tsunami of beneficial impact from its initiatives,’’ he said.
The chief minister said the State government has been contemplating to set up centres of excellence in aerospace, cyber security and other related areas to provide high-end skills in areas of emerging technologies. “In addition, the state government intends to take up training and placement programmes in association with the industry,’’ he said.