Free Wi-Fi at railway station is changing lives of People

This story is about a mother, Helen Jose and is shared by Google with the hashtag #StoriesFromIndia. Helen Josh is an auto-rickshaw driver near Kollam railway station.

Helen Josh, while waiting for passengers at the Kollam, used to download the educational material for her school- going son through the free railway Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi service was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s, Digital India Initiative, which avail free internet services to railway passengers.

This service was proved a great move taken by Indian Railways across railway stations in the country. RailTel, an Indian Railways company, along with technology giant Google is providing free high-speed Wi-Fi on 400 railway stations across the country.

This Initiative came into limelight when the news of a railways coolie in Kerala clearing civil services broke down, and even not only that on mother’s day, Google India on its Twitter handles shared an inspiring story of Helen Josh who helps her son in his studies through Wi-Fi.

Because of the crowd at the railway station, most of the time, she was bound to work for long hours. But somehow, she always managed to download study materials including notes, stories and even things for class projects for her son who is in the 8th standard. She also said that it not only helps her sons in studies but also helped her to learn a lot of new things every day.

sreenath coolie

Shrinath is a railway porter at Ernakulam Junction station for the past five years in Cochin, scored 82 percent in the Kerala PSC exams. In his busy schedule, he had the courage to think big, his big dream was to become a civil servant in his home state of Kerala. The phone and the earphones are his lifelines, through which he qualified the written test of the Kerala Public Service Commission. During his tea breaks, he used to download the audio study material for the preparations by using free high-speed Wi-Fi facility at the railway station and used to listen to it while carrying luggage the whole day. After returning home from the busy schedule, he used to revise all the course. And latterly he qualified the Kerala PSC exams.

Till now, the Wi-Fi facility has been provided to at least 685 railway stations across the country and by 2019, the national transporter aims to provide it to 8500 railway stations.

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