In the inaugural session electronic public call offices (e-PCOs) was launched, which is promoted by state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd and Karnataka State Electronics Development Corporation Ltd with global chip maker Intel and Suvidha Group.
Speaking at the inaugural session, State IT and BT Minister, Katta Subramanya Naidu said, "This year about 5,000 e-PCOs will be set with a computer and high speed broadband connectivity to offer a range of e-services, including utility payments, booking of air, train and bus tickets."
Union minister of state for communications and IT, Sachin Pilot said, "IT cannot be only for the educated and the elite, the power of IT should make a difference to every villager."
"Net-access cost will come down soon, once the Centre steps to take information technology to the masses. The real job and the real value of the tech sector is not just earning dollars. If the sector can improve the life of the common man, that's the true value," Pilot added.
More than 600 delegates participating in the event including Karnataka Chief Minister, BS Yeddyurappa; Infosys Chief Executive, S Gopalakrishnan; Chilean Ambassador, Cristian Barros; Texas Instruments India Managing Director, Biswadip Mitra; Union IT secretary Shashi Kant Sharma.