Kerala Coolie Clears PSC Exam Using Free WiFi

by Kerala | 13-05-2018 | 1180 views

 Sreenath K, a coolie who cleared the written test of the Kerala Public Service Commission says that  the preparation is just about his phone and earphones as he goes about his job.Sreenath has been earning his livelihood carrying heavy luggage at Ernakulam Junction in Kerala for the past five years.Unlike his colleagues, he deftly balances the luggage on his shoulders and listens to his digital coursework at the same time - his teachers speaking to him through the earphones.Sreenath hails from Munnar, a town in the Western Ghats mountain range. The name Munnar is believed to mean "three rivers", referring to its location at the confluence of Mudhirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly rivers.A high school pass-out, he takes advantage of the free WiFi Internet service available at Ernakulam station to learn.If he qualifies for KPSC after interview, he is likely to be a village field assistant under the land revenue department.The WiFi service, launched in 2016 as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Digital India initiative, provides free Internet to passengers under Railwire, the retail broadband distribution model of RailTel Corporation of India Limited.As of May 2018, at least 685 railway stations have been equipped with WiFi technology across the country, with the Indian Railways setting a target of providing this facility at all 8,500 stations by March 2019 at a cost of Rs 700 crore.





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