PM assures to connect every village of country through optical fibre cable in next one thousand days
In the coming one thousand days, every village in the country will be connected with Optical Fibre Cable (OFC), Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his address on the occasion of 74th Independence Day today.
Mr. Modi mentioned that before 2014, only five dozen Panchayats in the country were connected with optical fiber cable. In the last five years, nearly one lakh 50 thousand Gram Panchayats in the country have been connected with optical fiber cable. He further added that participation of rural India and villages in Digital India is very important for balanced development of India. To enable this, he said, optical fibre networks will be expanded in the country.
This will reach all the six lakh villages within the next one thousand days. Prime Minister also announced that in the next one thousand days, Lakshadweep will be connected with submarine optical fiber cable.
Terming Prime Minister’s Mission as a game changer for Digital India, Electronics and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad assured that the target of connecting all the villages through optical fibre will be achieved within the time frame.
While commenting on announcement for high speed Internet services in Lakshadweep Islands, Mr. Prasad said that Department of Telecommunications will fast track laying up of submarine OFC network in a similar way as it did for the Andaman and Nicobar islands.
OFC connectivity to the villages and submarine OFC to the Lakshadeep islands will help the people in rural areas and villages and those in Lakshadweep islands in getting cheaper and better connectivity and all the benefits of Digital India.