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Friday, December 19, 2014

Shri Ravishankar Prasad says that ‘Digital India’ will be a Game Changer for the Country

The Minister for Communications and Information Technology Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that ‘Digital India’ will be a game changer for the country and it will have a cascading effect to change the entire system. He was chairing the Consultative Committee Meeting attached to his Ministry where all the Members of the Committee had appreciated the way that the Digital India’ Programme has been conceived. The Minister informed the Members that about seven lakh Kms. of cable for broadband is proposed to be laid in the next three years as against 10 lakh kilometers laid in the country so far. The Minister informed Members that 50,000 Gram Panchayats will be provided Broadband facility the first tranche and 2.5 lakhs in the next three years. Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad also assured the Members that the Government is giving a bit priority for the production of electronic goods as a part of the ‘Make In India’ programme and the hardware is also expected to take off in the country as the software.

Reacting to the concern of some of the Members about poor services of the BSNL network in the country, he said more funds are proposed to be provided to the public sector telephone service providers during the VII phase to improve their functioning and make them commercially active.

The Secretary of Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Shri R.S. Sharma, made a presentation on the ‘Digital India’ programme before the Members of the Consultative Committee.
Source : PIB

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