‘Cabinet nod for mobile connectivity in 7,287 uncovered villages to spur rural economy’
NEW DELHI :
THE Cabinet approval for provisioning of mobile connectivity in 7,287 uncovered villages across five States will help bridge the digital divide and provide stimulus to the rural economy, industry body COAI said on Thursday. The move is in line with objectives of the National Broadband Mission of achieving universal and equitable broadband services across the country, S P Kochhar, director general of the Cellular Operators’ Association of India (COAI), said.
“It will help bridge the digital divide and bring remote villages under the digital map of India by enhancing seamless coverage, thereby providing a stimulus to the rural economy,” COAI said in a statement. The Cabinet on Wednesday cleared utilisation of the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) for provision of mobile connectivity in 7,287 uncovered villages across 5 States at an estimated cost of Rs 6,466 crore.