All Indian villages will be connected with optical fibre in next 1,000 days: PM Narendra Modi

All Indian villages will be connected with optical fibre in next 1,000 days: PM Narendra Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday introduced that the venture to attach India’s over six lakh villages with optical fibre community will probably be accomplished within the subsequent 1,000 days. Besides, high-speed web connectivity by way of submarine optical fibre cable will probably be prolonged to Lakshadweep on this interval, he mentioned.

In his handle to the nation on India’s 74th Independence Day, he identified that solely 5 dozen panchayats within the nation have been linked with optical fibre cable by 2014, the yr his authorities got here to energy for the primary time. In the final 5 years, 1.5 lakh village panchayats have been linked with optical fibre cable, PM Modi mentioned.

The PM additionally introduced {that a} new coverage on cybersecurity will probably be unveiled shortly, saying the nation’s dependence on the cyber world has elevated within the modified circumstances, an obvious reference to the upheavals introduced in by the COVID-19 pandemic and that this has spawned its personal risks to growth and economic system.

He mentioned the nation is witnessing the enlargement of roads and web at unprecedented and fast pace, from the peaks of Himalayas to islands within the Indian Ocean.

“In the next 1,000 days, all villages in the country will be connected with optical fibre,” he mentioned, including Lakshadweep too can be linked with submarine optical fibre cable inside this era.

Modi not too long ago inaugurated the primary ever undersea optical fibre cable venture for Andaman and Nicobar Islands which can present excessive pace broadband connections within the union territory at par with companies within the mainland.

He had laid the inspiration for two,312-km Chennai-Andaman and Nicobar Islands (CANI) connecting submarine optical fibre cable venture on December 30, 2018.

“Our country has more than 1300 islands. Work is on to start new development projects in some select islands, considering their geographical locations and importance in the the nation’s development,” he mentioned.

“Road network and Internet connectivity is now expanding at an unprecedented pace; be it in Himalayas or Indian Ocean islands,” he mentioned. Enhanced digital connectivity has proved to be of massive assist, particularly in together with villages in India’s growth journey, he mentioned.

Our precedence has modified with circumstances, the prime minister mentioned, outlining his authorities’s focus to spice up cyber connectivity.

Referring to the digital India, he mentioned the significance of the mission has been realised through the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In the last month only, transactions worth about Rs 3 lakh crore took place through BHIM UPI alone,” he mentioned.

During the lockdown interval, digital transactions witnessed an enormous surge. 

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