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  • Voltaire Staff

Telangana to make internet 'basic right'

The Telangana government is gearing up to make internet access a basic right for its citizens, ensuring accessibility and affordability across all segments of society, the state governor has announced.


Addressing the joint session of the state legislative assembly and legislative council to inaugurate the budget session, Telangana Governor Tamilisai said, "One of the most significant forthcoming initiatives of the government would be to introduce the internet as a basic right. "

"The focus will be not just to create digital infrastructure but also to make it accessible and affordable to all sections of society," she said in a statement.


Tamilisai said that the government will roll out an extensive digital literacy programme aimed at ensuring every household, irrespective of its economic status or geographic location, can fully leverage the burgeoning digital landscape and its associated opportunities, reported the HT.


She said that all government Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) in the state will be turned into Advanced Technology Centres, with an estimated investment of approximately Rs 2,000 crore.


These centres will offer a range of long-term and short-term courses tailored to high-demand trades, benefiting close to 1 lakh youth across the state.


"We will position Hyderabad and Telangana as the AI capital of the country by inviting the top global and national technology companies to set up their AI centres. We will set up a dedicated AI City in 50-100 acres," she said.


Other initiatives in the pipeline include advance green energy initiatives through a comprehensive Energy Policy. Also, a caste census will be conducted to gather data pertaining to social, educational, economic, employment, and political opportunities across different caste groups.


The governor also announced plans to establish 10-12 pharmaceutical village clusters spanning 1,000 to 3,000 acres each


Tamilisai said that the foremost task confronting the government is to "enhance the state's financial standing without imposing undue burdens on its citizens."


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