August 21, 2015 4:01:18 am
With Prime Minister Narendra Modi expected to visit here on August 28, work is on at full swing to ensure that the historic Dhudike village in Moga district is covered by Wi-Fi services before the PM’s visit.
Modi will kick off the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of martyr Lala Lajpat Rai at his birth place of Dhudike while also inaugurating the free Wi-Fi services in the village under the ‘Digital India’ campaign. It will make Dhudike the first Wi-Fi-covered village in Punjab.
Modi will, incidentally, be the third PM to visit Dhudike after Lal Bahadur Shastri and Chandra Shekhar. Even the first President Rajendra Prasad had visited Dhudike to pay tributes to Lala Lajpat Rai.
Apart from Lala Lajpat Rai, Dhudike was home to martyrs of the Ghadar movement including Baba Ishar Singh, Baba Roodh Singh, Baba Pakh Singh, Baba Sham Singh, Master Fera Singh — all of whom are fondly remembered by the villagers.
On Thursday, security measures including surveillance of within five kilometres of the village had begun. The village has been adopted by the Punjab National Bank under the Digital India scheme as Lala Lajpat Rai is one of the bank’s founders.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Anand Sarup, branch manager of Punjab National Bank, Dhudike village, said: “We are working on strict deadlines to set up the Wi-Fi system by August 25. Final testing would be done on August 25 and possibly even before that to ensure there is no last-minute hiccup. These Wi-Fi services would be restricted in a way that our prime motive is to help villagers get free access to government policies and services like paying power bills, checking land records and bank balance through the internet. Unlimited downloading would not be allowed but students can open informative websites which will help them in their studies”.
“Keeping in view the recent terror attack, we are taking all precautions for the PM’s visit. Surveillance of the area, dog squad checking and anti-sabotage checking has been started,” said Moga SSP Charanjit Singh.
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