Broadband connectivity in 1 lakh gram panchayats by year end: Communication Minister Manoj Sinha

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New Delhi: Union Communication Minister Manoj Sinha on Friday conveyed that t the central administration suppose to offer broadband services (Internet) to one lakh gram panchayats by finish of this financial year.

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Administration programmed the BharatNet project to offer 100 Mbps broadband connectivity to about 2.5 lakh gram panchayats in the nation. Minister Sinha also conveyed at introduction of SpeedPay e-wallet services that in the initial phase of project, one lakh gram panchayats are to be linked by placing underground Optical Fibre Cable which is in execution.

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Till the date, broadband connectivity options been offered to around 33,000 GPs and we suppose connectivity to be offered to one lakh GPs by finish of this financial year. Optical fibre cable has been laid in the over one lakh GPs.

Punjab National BankĀ and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd joined to implement the wallet services crossways 10 states in the nation.

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In the agreement, BSNL will enlarge SpeedPay services in Punjab, Chandigarh, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand.

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BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava also further conveyed that the reach of the service in this partnership will boost to northern and eastern states.

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