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All Panchayats to have Broadband Connectivity by March 2020

Published on June 30, 2019
Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister Electronics and Information Technology informed the Parliament that all Gram Panchayats will be provided high-speed broadband connections under the BharatNet Project by March 2020.
All Panchayats to have Broadband Connectivity by March 2020

Details:

  • As per the Government, as of today, 1,28,870 Gram Panchayats have been connected with optical fibre under the BharatNet Project.
  • In Phase I of the BharatNet Project, the Government connected 1 lakh Gram Panchayats and the Phase II of the project is under implementation, and a total of 2 lakh GPs (Gram Panchayats) are targeted to be completed by March 2020.

What is BharatNet?

  • The Project seeks to provide affordable last-mile high-speed broadband connectivity to 2.5 lakh Gram Panchayats across the country.
  • The Nodal Ministry for implementation of the Project is the Ministry of Communication.
  • The objective of the Project is to facilitate the delivery of e-governance, e-education, e-health, e-banking, Internet and other services to rural India.
  • It is being funded by the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF).
  • Till date Wifi spots have been installed in 44,140 Gram Panchayats.
  • The Project's Phase I was completed in December 2017 and 1 lakh Gram Panchayats were made service ready.
  • Phase II is under implementation with the target of covering a total of 2 lakh Gram Panchayats by March 2020.

Question:

Q. All Gram Panchayats will be provided high-speed broadband connections under which Project by March 2020?
a. GramNet
b. PanchNet
c. IndiaNet
d. BharatNet
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