- In a written reply in the Lok Sabha, Electronics and IT Minister has said that 128870 gram panchayats have been connected with optical fibre till date under the BharatNet Project.
- BharatNet project seeks to provide affordable high speed broadband connectivity to 2.5 lakh gram panchayats across India. The nodal ministry for the project is Ministry of Communication
- The BharatNet project is being funded by Universal service Obligation Fund (USOF). It was set up for improving telecom services in rural and remote areas of India. The objective is to facilitate the delivery of e-governance, e-health, e-education, e-banking, Internet and other services to the rural India
- The Phase I of the BharatNet project was completed in December 2017. Phase II is under implementation, and a total of 2 lakh gram panchayats are targeted to be completed by March 2020.
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