Internet gaining popularity in Punjab’s border villages

June 7th, 2009 - 9:55 pm ICT by ANI  

Amritsar June 7 (ANI): The Internet, is becoming a major draw in rural Punjab. The increase in the number of users in rural areas in the border belt of Amritsar reflects this new reality.

Besides students, small businessman and farmers say they have benefitted immensely by using the Internet.

A majority of them use the Internet to enjoy online music, games and videos. The use of the Internet for accessing news, for online shopping, banking or trading in stocks, however, is yet to become a common practice here.

In some rural areas of Amritsar District, the Internet is used to procure the latest information on agriculture and farm produce prices.

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is putting its resources and infrastructure to provide more Internet services to the rural areas. There are more than 1,200 villages in Amritsar District alone.

BSNL is holding regular camps in various villages to generate awareness about the Internet and other BSNL services among rural folk.

“BSNL has vowed to extend broadband service to every village and enable every township to have access to Internet,” said R. K. Dawra, BSNL’s Genral Manager, Amritsar District, adding that improved communication and information should be seen as a value addition.

“An important goal of the country’s information drive is to enable more farmers to benefit from the development of information industry,” Dawra further said.

The BSNL has already established 125 rural exchanges with broadband facilities and given over 13,000 broadband connections to urban and rural areas.

Amrinder Singh, a poultry farmer in Chogawan village, is an Internet subscriber.

He says that by using the Internet at home, he not only manages to inquire about daily rate of eggs and the weather, but also interacts with his sister in Canada through online chatting facility.

Bikram, another villager, said the Internet saves students’ time in rural areas and also helps local businessmen keep a track of developments around the world. (ANI)

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