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World highest cyber café out of service for past 3 months

Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 6, 2009

GANGTOK, July 05: The Sherathang Community Information Centre (CIC) endorsed by the Limca Book of Records in 2007 as the world highest permanent cyber café has been out of service for the past three months.
The present inactiveness of the CIC is attributed to erratic power supply to its four computers and lack of proper management.
The CIC is located in the Sherathang trade mart complex along the JN Marg at an altitude of 13600 ft above sea level and is 50 kms away from the State Capital. The CIC had started functioning around the time when the Nathu La border trade between Sikkim and Tibet Autonomous Region was revived in 2006.
A tourist attraction, the Sherathang CIC used to offer the tourists an opportunity to send an e-mail card from world highest cyber café. The café was also important to the army personnel and local people to stay tuned with the world outside the perpetual mist enveloping the Sherathang-Nathu La mountainous corridor.
Going back to the past years, the Sherathang CIC had stood firm despite snowfall of 10 feet during harsh winters and had managed its operations smoothly.
The two operators of the CIC recounted to the media that many tourists visit the cyber café after reading the signboard outside which proudly claims the CIC as world highest café and invites the people to send an email post from the world highest cyber café.
However, the story inside the café is different and the tourists return disappointed as the computers and other equipments have turned cold since the past 3 months. Even the educated children of the local residents who used to learn computers from this CIC have no other place to go.
The Sherathang CIC was part of the CIC project launched by the Government of India for Northeastern States including Sikkim to bridge the digital gap between the northeast region and rest of the country besides building human resources of the region in IT sector. The State Information & Technology department of each NE State had been tasked to run the CICs.
All the CICs used to run on 100 percent Central government assistance and the present inertia of the Sherathang CIC lies here.
An official on the condition of anonymity told media that after the Central government rolled back its assistance, the management responsibility of the CICs in Sikkim have been handed over to a private enterprise. This has led to the downfall of the Sherathang CIC, it is claimed.
The private enterprise has been accused of failing in the financial matters leading to the non-repair of the computer hardware in the Sherathang CIC. Irregularity in salary payment of the CIC operators have also been experienced, it is claimed.
Before the Centre axed the 100 percent assistance to the CICs, there were plans to have a photo studio with fax machines, scanner and printer in the CIC.
The CIC which has etched its name in the Limca Book of Records as the world highest cyber café is today fighting for its existence.

Sherathang

GANGTOK, July 05: The Sherathang Community Information Centre (CIC) endorsed by the Limca Book of Records in 2007 as the world highest permanent cyber café has been out of service for the past three months.

The present inactiveness of the CIC is attributed to erratic power supply to its four computers and lack of proper management.

The CIC is located in the Sherathang trade mart complex along the JN Marg at an altitude of 13600 ft above sea level and is 50 kms away from the State Capital. The CIC had started functioning around the time when the Nathu La border trade between Sikkim and Tibet Autonomous Region was revived in 2006.

A tourist attraction, the Sherathang CIC used to offer the tourists an opportunity to send an e-mail card from world highest cyber café. The café was also important to the army personnel and local people to stay tuned with the world outside the perpetual mist enveloping the Sherathang-Nathu La mountainous corridor.

Going back to the past years, the Sherathang CIC had stood firm despite snowfall of 10 feet during harsh winters and had managed its operations smoothly.

The two operators of the CIC recounted to the media that many tourists visit the cyber café after reading the signboard outside which proudly claims the CIC as world highest café and invites the people to send an email post from the world highest cyber café.

However, the story inside the café is different and the tourists return disappointed as the computers and other equipments have turned cold since the past 3 months. Even the educated children of the local residents who used to learn computers from this CIC have no other place to go.

The Sherathang CIC was part of the CIC project launched by the Government of India for Northeastern States including Sikkim to bridge the digital gap between the northeast region and rest of the country besides building human resources of the region in IT sector. The State Information & Technology department of each NE State had been tasked to run the CICs.

All the CICs used to run on 100 percent Central government assistance and the present inertia of the Sherathang CIC lies here.

An official on the condition of anonymity told media that after the Central government rolled back its assistance, the management responsibility of the CICs in Sikkim have been handed over to a private enterprise. This has led to the downfall of the Sherathang CIC, it is claimed.

The private enterprise has been accused of failing in the financial matters leading to the non-repair of the computer hardware in the Sherathang CIC. Irregularity in salary payment of the CIC operators have also been experienced, it is claimed.

Before the Centre axed the 100 percent assistance to the CICs, there were plans to have a photo studio with fax machines, scanner and printer in the CIC.

The CIC which has etched its name in the Limca Book of Records as the world highest cyber café is today fighting for its existence.

Source:Sikkim Express

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