Asad Umer: Gilgit-Baltistan Soon To Receive 3G and 4G Services

The minister said that IT is more critical for remote areas as compared to Pakistan's large cities.

Students take online classes during the COVID-19 pandemic in Gilgit-Baltistan. (Pamir Times)

The Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Special Initiatives, Asad Umar, has directed the ministries to finalize the auction of 3G & 4G licenses in Gilgit-Baltistan on a priority basis.

College students in Gilgit Baltistan sit next to a cell tower for internet access to finish their homework and download assignments. (Rest of World)

These ministries included the Ministry of Information Technology & Telecom (MoITT) and the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).

The minister said that IT is more critical for remote areas as compared to Pakistan’s large cities.

He added that generating economic activities in remote areas will only be possible via robust IT infrastructure in the future.

The minister made these remarks while chairing a progress review meeting on the Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) Development Plan on Monday.

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In the meeting, the Additional Chief Secretary of GB briefed Umar about the potential projects in the public sector, the Public-Private Partnership model, and the non-PSDP initiatives.

The meeting discussed several projects relating to clean energy/hydropower, education and skill development, tourism, private sector development, agriculture, education, women’s development, social welfare, and youth.

The attendees were also informed that all the provincial departments are in contact with concerned federal ministries/divisions, and the concerned departments are preparing PC-Is of the shortlisted schemes.

The Government of GB has placed particular emphasis on clean energy to mitigate a severe power crisis in the area.

Its other priority sectors include tourism, agricultural products, roads and communications, gems and minerals, and information technology.

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