With intent to empower the digitalization of rural India, UPA has announced a scheme to provide broadband connectivity.
The announcement made will cost Rs. 20,000 crore in the initial phase. The new scheme will ensure that the gram sabhas at the village level will be connected with the rest of the governmental system, opening up new avenues for delivery of services to the people, including e-governance, e-education and e-medicine.
Sam Pitroda, the man rightfully regarded as the architect of Indian Telecom revolution and Nandan Nilekani, chairmain of the Unique Identity Development Authority of India will jointly head the new scheme, The move on part of UPA although aimed at next general election with intent to ensure an achievement of a popular scheme in its kitty is surely going to benefit Indian rural sector.
The scheme will be implemented through creation of a national optical fibre network (NOFN). The Rs. 20,000 crore funding will be drawn from the universal service obligation fund (USOF). Sibal said a matching investment is likely to come from the private sector. UPA’s tryst with digital innovation however, is not something new. Recently, Indian Youth Congress the youth wing of Indian National Congress has announced the movement of 28000 officials to Google Apps for business.
The proposed broadband connection will fully integrate the villages of India with the networked India of cities and towns by 2014.