Recently, the Prime Minister inaugurated different telecommunication, health and education projects worth Rs.1.7 billion in Sanghar, Sindh. Telecommunication is important for socio-economic growth, because not only does it provides connectivity, but also employment to thousands of people. The three schemes for telecommunication are worth Rs.71 million. It is positive news that a rural area in interior Sindh is being brought up to the level as rest of the country through initiation of these projects.
Through the Universal Service Fund’s (USF) Rural Telecom Project, around 213 villages in Mirpurkhas and 426 villages in Dadu in Sindh will get basic telephony and data services with a subsidy of Rs.930 million and Rs.250 million respectively. The Optic Fibre programme is being extended to internal areas in Sindh with 1038 kilometres of optic fibre cable laid through a subsidy of Rs.449 million and are also being connected with the broad-band programme. There will be a Basic Health Unit (BHU) and ten classrooms each of Commerce Block at Government Degree College Sanghar and Government High School were also inaugurated.
Although, it might seem like a political scoring point to get these projects inaugurated close to the elections, but whatever be the motive, the important thing for the people is that they get delivered these projects which they deserve to get an equal opportunity of having the same level of development in their areas. Sanghar was devastated during the floods in 2010. Much of the infrastructure requires attention and re-development.
When the current “democratic” government came to power in 2008, Pakistan was the third fastest growing telecommunications market in the world. However, lately due to restrictions imposed based on security concerns and terrorist threats, the telecommunication sector has suffered as a direct result of it with billions in losses. The censorship of telecommunications has been the lack of supportive environment from the government, almost the opposite of what it is supposed to provide.