Free IT awareness centre in Bhit Island soon -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Free IT awareness centre in Bhit Island soon

KARACHI: Noman Saigol, Advisor to the Chief Minister for Environment, Alternative Energy and Information Technology during his visit to the island on May 10 said that the construction of a free Information Technology awareness centre is in progress at the Bhaba Bhit Island, which is chosen as one of the 40 sites for the establishment of an IT centre but the problem of pollution is still not addressed.

He said that the department of information technology was allocated Rs10 million by the Sindh government for establishing 40 centers, out of which Rs23, 500 would be spent on the expenses, once the center is established. He added that the community members are responsible to build the structure, while provision of eight computers along with an instructor would be provided, whereas the KPT would also bear the expenses for the utilities.

He said that the residents of this locality have an equal right for computer education and training would be provided to everyone. Saigol said that a new public awareness campaign to discourage the use of plastic bags would be initiated soon. The pollution and dumping of waste in the area is worsening the environmental situation.

It was learnt from the residents of Bhit Island that the dearth of water is more of a problem for them than being ignorant about computers. They have to spend Rs30 for one gallon of water. “We don’t want an IT centre, we donÂ’t want food either…just bring us some water. That’s our basic need now,” said a resident. Dr Iqbal Saeed Khan, Director General of Environmental Protection Agency Sindh also accompanied Mr. Saigol on the trip.
Source: The News
Date:5/11/2006