4000 Panchayats of Chhattisgarh soon to connect ambitious ‘Bharat Net Yojana’
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 28-Sep-2017

Raipur, September 28: First phase of Bharat Net Yojana to be completed in Chhattisgarh by November this year. The objective of Bharat Net Yojana is to facilitate the delivery of e-governance, e-health, e-education, e-banking, Internet and other services to the rural India.

Union Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said “the first phase of Bharat Net Yojana will be completed in November at any cost.” He revealed that 70 percent of the works on the project had already been completed. He directed the concerned department officials to oversee the development works in a phased manner. 

Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh said that in Chhattisgarh high-quality telecom network is needed as it is battling Left-Wing Extremism and the terrain is hostile. The projects should be fast-tracked and the developmental works should reach the far-flung areas of the State.

Dr. Raman Singh suggested that 'Ring Technology' should be implemented to have high-grade telecom facility. Dr. Raman Singh said that 4000 gram panchayats will get the benefit if ultra-modern connectivity.

Chief Minister expressed his gratitude that in spite of so many hurdles the Telecom authority had installed 460 telecom towers in Surguja and Bastar districts. He hoped that second phase of works also will start soon.

BharatNet shall be a project of national importance to establish, by 2017, a highly scalable network infrastructure accessible on a non-discriminatory basis, to provide on demand, affordable broadband connectivity of 2 Mbps to 20 Mbps for all households and on demand capacity to all institutions, to realise the vision of Digital India, in partnership with States and the private sector.

The entire project is being funded by Universal service Obligation Fund (USOF), which was set up for improving telecom services in rural and remote areas of the country. The project is a Centre-State collaborative project, with the States contributing free Rights of Way for establishing the Optical Fibre Network.