Ahead of crucial state elections, the Minister of State for communications Manoj Sinha told Member of Parliament Virender Kashyap that all villages adopted by the Member of Parliaments under ‘Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna’ will be provided free WiFi services.
He also added that the government has proposed to set up 25000 WiFi hotspots at existing rural exchanges of BSNL through comprehensive telecom development plan.
The Minister pointed out that in future, all other agencies/Pvt telecom operators will be engaged to provide WiFi services to every panchayat across India.
He told that the government has targeted to link each of the 2.5 lakh gram panchayats of India through optical fibre network under Bharat Net Project.
Minister Sinha said that one lakh gram panchayats have been connected under Digital India programme in phase one up to December 2017 and an additional 1.5 lakh panchayats will be connected with high-speed internet by March 2019.
He said that 1,13,091 gram panchayats have been connected with high-speed internet by July 15.
Department has executed a project for providing mobile services in the identified location in ten states affected by left-wing
extremism, he informed Kashyap.>