In order to push IT based government interface with people and to make mobile connectivity easier, the government has plans for launching Wi-Fi services in urban areas and universities with support from state governments and municipal bodies. It targets to connect 50,000 panchayats via national optical fiber network (NOFN), this year.
Sources said that the telecom department submitted before PM on Saturday that they would get approval of “competent authority” for this project by next March. it is a comprehensive presentation of all key infrastructure ministries, the Planning Commission submitted that the department has the target to award works to set up 500 mobile towers in the districts affected by Left Wing Extremism (LWE).
PM would take another meeting on the infrastructure targets next month. “Some ministries will make certain changes in the targets set by them. It would be much clearer next month,” said one official, as announced by Times of india.
TOI says: The department will also pursue for Cabinet approval a scheme aimed at providing mobile phone connectivity to all uncovered villages in Himalayan states. There is also a proposal to get Cabinet approval for comprehensive telecom development in the North East region.
Using IT to bring governance close to people’s lives does not end here. Even the road transport ministry is launching a new web portal that will help contractors to keep track of their pending bills and where these are lying. “Though at present the facility for uploading the bill won’t be available, one can easily find out the status of his claims. This will end the practice of contractors visiting government offices to get their payment,” a ministry official said.
Sources said that transportation and communication have got maximum focus of the new government. On Saturday, the targets put before the PM included starting of feasibility study of the ambitious Diamond Quadrilateral project for bullet trains from August 15.
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