Telecom Projects To Get Boost in July Budget Session in Keeping with PM's 'Digital India' Vision

Telecom Projects To Get Boost in July Budget Session in Keeping with PM's 'Digital India' Vision

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New Delhi, June 23, 2019:

The general Budget in July is likely to give a boost to the telecom projects by the Government to make the Prime Minister's vision of 'Digital India' a success.

The Department of Telecom's (DoT) Central sector projects will be allocated more funds under the roadmap.

The Government has set a target of creating one lakh 'digital villages' in the next five years with an aim to foster financial inclusion. Digital villages are an integral scheme linked with the Digital India initiative, which aims to provide a platform for the availability of services such as telemedicine, tele-education, LED street lighting, wifi and skill development to the people at the gram panchayat level across the country.

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As per official sources, the department has sought higher allocations in central sector projects as well own projects. The Central sector schemes could see a minimum of 15 per cent rise from the Rs 13,400 crore allocated in the interim Budget. The Central sector projects are BharatNet to provide affordable broadband services to citizens and institutions in rural areas where the financial outlay was Rs 8,000 crore in the last fiscal.

Mobile Connectivity in Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected areas; augmentation, creation, and management of OFC Network in NE I & NE II; provision of 25,000 the block-level telephone exchanges in rural areas; and Comprehensive Telecom Development Plan (CTDP) for Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep Islands form part of the wholly Centrally-funded schemes.

The total allocation in the interim Budget was Rs 13,400 crore towards these Central sector schemes, up from Rs 10,000 crore in 2018 Budget.

The major part of this funding at Rs 4,725 crore was for the defence spectrum network under the optical fiber cable-based network for defence services. The DoT projects were allocated Rs 326 crore. In Budget 2018, the Government allocated Rs 10,000 cr to boost telecom infrastructure. The then finance minister Arun Jaitley had announced Rs 10,000-crore outlay for the 2018-19 fiscal on the expansion of telecom infrastructure under various government projects in the country as in for creation and augmentation of this telecom infrastructure.

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Published On: Jun 23, 2019