BE2C2 Report — Pakistan’s largest province Punjab has launched free Internet service and Wi-Fi Hotspots at over 200 places in five of its major cities; Lahore, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Multan and Bahawalpur, while the same will be available at 16 different places in the Murree hills summer resort.
Hundreds of thousands of citizens will benefit from the service and they will get convenience in making contacts, said Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif while inaugurating the free Internet service at a ceremony held at Arfa Kareen Software Technology Park in the provincial capital Lahore.
Punjab government with the help of World Bank aims to convert the province to digital system. CM Sharif said his administration had taken revolutionary measures for the promotion of IT in the province, and the performance of many government departments had been enhanced by utilizing IT services.
The Chief Minister said Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh governments had sought cooperation from the Punjab government to bring about improvements in the performance of their government departments. He directed that all-out cooperation be provided to both provincial governments.
Additional report by The News: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif mentioned how the free Wi-Fi service helped save life of a patient at the General Hospital. He said the husband of a patient used the free Wi-Fi service to launch an appeal for blood for his wife and the quick service helped him get blood and save the life of his wife. He said all investment made on the project of the free Wi-Fi service had been returned with the saving of one human life.
Punjab Information Technology Board Chairman Dr Umer Saif said the husband of the patient in the General Hospital did not have phone balance and he used free internet facility provided by the Punjab government and made a call through whatsapp and arranged blood for his wife.