PM directs to ensure provision of internet facility in far-flung areas July 23, 2020
ISLAMABAD-Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed to pay special attention for the improvement and provision of internet facility in far-flung and backward areas of the country.
He was chairing a meeting in Islamabad on Thursday to enhance and improve coverage of internet in the country.
The Prime Minister said provision of internet has become a need in present times. He said easy availability of internet and its vast coverage are vital for utilizing potential of the youth in real sense and to ensure easy access to the education.
He directed the Universal Service Fund to take necessary steps to provide easy and cheaper internet facility in schools.
The Prime Minister was informed that USF is paying special focus on laying of optic fiber to ensure provision of better internet services. It was said that 1,800 kilometer long fiber optic has been laid in parts of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in last two years, while 4,600 kilometer fiber optic will be laid in 547 union councils this year.
Regarding giving more incentives by the government for the Telecom sector, the Prime Minister constituted a committee comprising Finance Advisor, Minister for Defence Production, Minister for Planning, Minister for Information Technology and Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training to present its recommendations in this regard.