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Internet has now become a way of life and no one understands this better than our very own selfie addict Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. In a step to make all major tourist destinations of India more attractive, the Government of India is all set to make these tourist Spots fully Wi-Fi as a part of the Modi Sarkar's (government's)Digital India initiative.

Taj Mahal, Sarnath, Bodh Gaya are some of the tourist places that are being considered for the Wi-Fi Facility.

According to Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad's statement to a leading daily, Taj Mahal, Sarnath, Bodh Gaya are some of the places that will get a Wi-Fi facility soon. We have already started providing free Wi-Fi service at Varanasi ghats. The government has also started the facility of providing e-visa to tourists."

India currently provides the facility of e-tourist visas to 76 countries but the government is keen on extending this facility to about 150 countries by the end of this financial year.
The information ministry is also working on a new policy that would develop tier II and III cities as IT hubs.

According to Prasad, the ecommerce sector has huge scope in India.

"E-commerce is a big opportunity and we are roping in the Department of Posts to deliver goods to small towns and villages. Postal department has become a reliable partner for big e-commerce companies to deliver their goods," said Prasad.

In order to take the IT revolution to smaller towns, We are setting up call centres and BPOs at small towns and creating 48,000 jobs in the first phase.

Under Modi's $18 billion Digital India initiative, the government plans to lay government plans to lay 7,00,000km (434,960 miles) of broadband cable connecting 2,50,000 village clusters in the period of next three years and has plans of constructing some 100 new "Smart Cities" by the year 2020.

We are connecting 2.5 lakh village panchayats with broadband and opening common service centres at remote locations to provide services and government facilities at the doorsteps of citizens," he said.

This comes as a.welcome change for the rural areas of India as according to a g a report by McKinsey and Co.report, Rural population of the.country is the largest non-Internet user population globally, with about 1.1 billion remaining offline.

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