The IT partner industry in Kerala has warmly welcomed the initiative of the state government led by Pinarayi Vijayan to provide free internet, stating that such a move would improve the quality of life for India’s most literate state through enhancement of IT adoption.
While presenting the state budget, finance minister T.M. Thomas Issac had said said that Kerala, which is known for its literacy rate and tech-savvy youth, has some good news to celebrate as more than 20 lakh families would benefit from free internet.
According to local news reports, this initiative aims to provide about 1 GB data per month totally free of cost. Additional usage may be charged. Also, BSNL will roll out the cheapest plan available for this project.
Thomas Issac stated that Kerala is poised to become a hardware manufacturing hub and that this initiative aims to reduce the digital divide in the state. “Not only free Internet, but Kerala is set to be the first state in the country to recognize Right to Internet as a right of its citizens,” he said.
Welcoming the move, the All Kerala IT Dealers Association, the key forum in the state for IT dealers said it will encourage the sale of networking products, especially the routers and switches. “However, only the announcement has come. Once it comes on paper, the forum will request the government on the best possible ways to implement it locally”, said Ajimon George, state seceretary, All Kerala IT Dealers Association.