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2.5 lakh gram panchayats to get full internet coverage under Bharat Net by 2018

The central government pushed the use of technology when it launched its Digital India initiative. This initiative encompasses several projects which focus across many sectors like employment, healthcare, commerce, education, etc. A major initiative is named Bharat Net, which is the world’s largest rural broadband project using optical fibre cable. Under Bharat Net, a high-speed digital highway will connect all gram panchayats of the country.

In recent development of Bharat Net, P P Chaudhary, Union Minister of State, Ministry of Law and Justice; and Minister of Electronics and Information Technology announced that all 2.5 lakh gram panchayats are set become fully connected through internet by the end of next year. The government said that the net connectivity is being strengthened following the drive to encourage people for a less cash economy.

The announcement made in Lok Sabha on Wednesday will enable the empowerment of people and connection of rural areas through the first phase of Bharat Net. This development of connecting gram panchayats throughout the country is yet another initiative to improve digital connectivity in the country.

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