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All major Himachal towns to get Wi-Fi: Virbhadra

Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Saturday announced that all the major towns of the State would be provided with smart Wi-Fi facility during this fiscal year. Singh was presiding over State level  Independence Day function at Shimla today.

He also announced six percent dearness allowance to the State government employees and pensioners due from 1st January, 2015 thereby putting a burden of Rs. 400 crore to the State exchequer.

While extending his greetings to the people of the State on the occasion, Chief Minister said that the State had progressed rapidly on the path of development since its formation but still we have to tread miles to become the first State in the Country in terms of achieving more milestones in the field of development.

During the last two years and seven months, the Government had ensured welfare of every section of the society and overall equal development of all areas.

Virbhadra Singh said that education had been given highest priority by the government, adding that education was a key to development and educated society leads to strengthening of Nation. To strengthen the educational infrastructure as many as 750 new educational institutions have been opened or upgraded.

He said that 22 new colleges had been opened in the State and that too in far-flung and remote areas so as to enable the girl child to have access to higher and quality education at their door-steps.  Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) has been opened at Una with an estimated cost of Rs 122 crore.

Indian Institute of Management (IIM) is also being established in Sirmaur district. An engineering college has be set up at Jeori in Shimla District, he added.

The chief minister said that laptops or netbooks were being provided to meritorious students of 10th and 12th standard under the Rajiv Gandhi Digital Yojna. Under the scheme, 10 thousand laptops would be provided during the current year.

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