BSNL plans to connect 1,518 gram panchayats with OFC

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BSNL plans to connect 1,518 gram panchayats with Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) this year in Assam to ensure rural connectivity.

“We have emphasized on rural connectivity and 5,200 kms of OFC will be laid this year to cover 1,518 gram panchayats, which accounts 70 per cent of the total gram panchayats in the state,” BSNL Chief General Manager M K Seth said in a talk show conducted by All India Radio, Guwahati.

Seth said that Kshetri Gaon Panchayat in Kamrup district is likely to become the first digital gram panchayat of the country, an AIR release said today.

BSNL will provide three thousand hot spots at important places and has already initiated steps for automatic hook up points through wireless network, he said.

Following demonetisation, BSNL has tied up with SBI and will soon launch an e-wallet ‘Mobicash’.

Assam IT department’s Joint Secretary Fakaruddin Ahmed said that a target has been set to make one lakh people digitally literate by March and 25 lakh by 2022.

“We have officially prepared 65 thousand individuals so far and our objective is to make 25 lakh individuals carefully educated by 2022 for which Assam government has adopted a comprehensive strategy,” he said.

Assam government has set the motto to provide television, internet and telephone connection through a single connection to provide financial benefits to the people.

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Madhurima Goyal, From ITvoir News Desk

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