Wayanad, June 29: A news report recently highlighted challenges faced by students to attend online classes due to internet connectivity issues in parts of Wayanad, Kerala. Taking cognizance of the internet connectivity problem, Congress lawmaker from Wayanad Rahul Gandhi wrote a letter to Union Minister Minister of Communications and Information and Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad seeking intervention. Meanwhile, actor Sonu Sood also came forward to help. Rahul Gandhi Tweets Video of Mahindra Thar, Provided by His MPLADS Fund, Bringing Medical Care at Doorsteps of Tribals in Wayanad's Noolpuzha.
The news report showed how young students in Wayanad had to sit on the roadside on top of the bridge to get better internet connectivity for online classes. To attend online classes, the report said, students daily struggle to find a spot with proper internet connectivity.
"The lack of internet coverage forces people to travel long distances, often by foot to use mobile internet. This has affected access to viral services, including e-learning tools for students, internet enabled public services and virtual marketplaces for farmers and small businesses," Rahul Gandhi, who represents Wayanad in Lok Sabha, stated in his letter to Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Rahul Gandhi Raises Internet Connectivity Issue in Wayanad With Ravi Shankar Prasad:
Asserting that access to internet is a basic human right, the Congress leader urged Prasad to intervene and "augment the existing network infrastructure". Actor and philanthropist Sonu Sood also took note of the issue and said he will send a team to install a mobile tower in Wayanad. "No one will miss their education. Tell everyone in Wayanad, Kerala that we are sending a team to get a mobile tower installed," Sood tweeted. Sonu Sood Launches ‘Sambhavam’ Initiative for IAS Students, Pledges Free Coaching Scholarships.
Sonu Sood Sends Team to Wayanad to Resolve Internet Connectivity Problem:
The coronavirus pandemic has forced educational institute to go online. Since over 74 per cent of Wayanad's land is classified as a forest, internet connectivity remains a challenge for residents.