T-Wallet, 1K Wi-Fi hotspots by next month: KTR

“The people of the State have proven to be digitally savvy and as a government there is a need for us to become as smart as our citizens,” the IT Minister said.

By   |  Business Bureau  |  Published: 15th May 2017  11:51 pmUpdated: 16th May 2017  3:17 pm
IT Minister KT Rama Rao speaks at the ninth annual ICT4D conference on Monday. — Photo: Surya Sridhar

Hyderabad: Even as Telangana has emerged as leader in terms of digital transactions, the government is all set to launch its T-Wallet initiative and also open 1,000 public Wi-Fi hotspots by June. With a population of 3.46 crore, the State stood first in India with 20 crore e-transactions, findings by bankers had said. 

Speaking at the sidelines of ninth annual ICT4D event, Telangana IT Minister K T Rama Rao said, “The people of the State have proven to be digitally savvy and as a government there is a need for us to become as smart as our citizens. Thus we are looking at launching the T-Wallet services which will be a convergence of all government-relate services on one platform. As part of the public Wi-Fi initiative, we are looking at opening 3,000 hotspots in the State and out of this 1,000 in partnership with ACT Fibrenet will be up and running by this month-end.”

The Minister also mentioned that the State’s fibre optic cable initiative T-Fiber will be completed in the next 18 months and it will lead to creation of more business opportunities and create substantial employment for youngsters. “We want to transform e-governance into mobile governance and for that we are planning to offer all the 600 government to citizens’ initiatives through mobile phones,” he said adding that at village and panchayat level also services will be offered through e-panchayat services.

The city of Hyderabad that is host to about 17 incubators houses about 2,000 startups in various shape and forms. There are a lot of startups working towards making technology relevant for society like ICRISAT is building technology for farmers and allied sectors while IIT-Hyderabad is working on healthcare and University of Hyderabad is innovating in aerospace.

Thwarting fears of the IT sector in terms of layoffs and US’ H1-B visa, Rao said that contrary to popular belief the numbers of the industry are quite impressive. “I think we need to look at this issue from a positive side and take it as an opportunity to create the next big thing. We need to focus on how India can innovate and create opportunities and solutions for the rest of the world. There is an over focus on layoffs and this is a natural progression of the IT and ICT companies,” he informed.