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JAMMU — Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha launched Jio True 5G services for Jammu & Kashmir on Tuesday.

Congratulating the citizens of J&K UT, the Lieutenant Governor said the 5G services will play an active role in socio-economic development, enable integrated action for prosperity, and bring transformational benefits to the people.

“The 5G technology for the common man will realize the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision of Digital India and give a boost to growth opportunities in tourism, e-governance, agriculture, education, healthcare, information technology, and small & micro enterprises,” said the Lieutenant Governor.

The Lieutenant Governor underscored the significance of adopting future technologies and their effective utilization for the holistic development of J&K UT.

“The latest 5G technology and enhanced connectivity will bridge the rural-urban divide, improve productivity, generate more employment and it will ensure the growth of grassroots enterprises, self-help groups, and knowledge connectivity for rural schools,” observed the Lieutenant Governor.

The 5G will also enable citizens and the government to remain connected on a real-time basis and will assist and improve the implementation and efficacy of government schemes and public service delivery, the Lieutenant Governor noted.

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Highlighting the digital initiatives of the government, the Lieutenant Governor said the UT Government is providing around 440 services online for the convenience of the common man. “We have also ensured the hassle-free delivery of those services which are impacting the majority of our population,” he added.

The e-office has made the working of the administration more transparent and accountable. “On average, J&K is recording a higher number of digital transactions than many bigger states and UTs,” the Lieutenant Governor further added.

The Lieutenant Governor said that strong internet connectivity will also complement the government’s efforts to bring reforms in the Agriculture and allied sectors through the implementation of 29 projects recommended by the Apex Committee on Holistic Development for Agriculture and allied sectors.

“The kind of talent J&K possesses is one of the best in the country. Education, MSMEs, startups, and remote areas will benefit from this initiative,” he added.

The Lieutenant Governor asked the Jio representatives to ensure uninterrupted connectivity during the G20 Summit and Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra. He further asked them to take dedicated measures to resolve the issues of call drops and interruptions in connectivity.

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Kapil Ahuja, CEO North, Reliance Jio extended gratitude to the UT Government for continuous support to realize the vision of Digital J&K.

“We are excited to launch Jio True 5G in Jammu and Srinagar. By December 2023, Jio True 5G will cover every town of Jammu & Kashmir. This is testimony to Jio’s commitment to the Government’s priorities,” he added.

Jio has made an investment of Rs. 6529 crores in the UT to give a fillip to the vision of Digital J&K and has created 36,000 direct and indirect employees. More than Rs 1230 crores investment is in progress and by end of December 2023, it will connect every block and tehsil of J&K, it was informed.

A brief presentation was given on the endeavours of Jio in the education, health, and agriculture sectors. Jio True 5G Speed and Jio Glass demonstrations were also presented.

It is imperative to mention here that the 5G services have been activated in the twin cities of Jammu and Srinagar.

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