C'garh among six States adjudged ‘Best Performing State'
Chhattigarh is one of the six States which had been adjudged among ‘Best Performing State in the country for Phase-I implementation of BHARAT NET project, the Central Government announced on Monday.
Under the award categories, UP(East), Maharashtra, MP, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Jharkhand were adjudged as the Best performing States which implemented BharatNet Phase-I project, it informed.
Kerala, Karnataka and Haryana were the States which covered all the Gram Panchayats (GPs) under the Project.
Karnataka bagged the award for Best Utilisation of BharatNet. Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and CSC e-Governance Services India Ltd received the awards for the Best performing implementation partners.
While Tejas Networks and Indian Telephone Industries Ltd were honoured with the Best performing equipment supply partners, Finolex Cables, Sterlite Technologies and Vindhya Telelinks Ltd were bestowed with the Best performing Optical Fibre Cable( OFC) supply partners. Centre for Development of Telematics(CDOT) and National Informatics Centre(NIC) were given the Best technology partners award.
The Department of Telecom felicitated the key performers and stakeholders who significantly contributed to achieve the target.
Union Minister of State for Communications, Manoj Sinha gave away the awards for the Best Performing States in New Delhi.
The States comprised all the GPs, Best Utilisation of BharatNet, Best performing implementation partners, Best performing equipment supply partners, Best performing OFC supply partners, Best technology partners, and significant individual contributors.
The Central Government has achieved a significant milestone under the BharatNet by completing Phase-I of the project by connecting over one lakh Gram Panchayats (GP) across the country with high speed optical fibre network as per the declared deadline of December 31, 2017.
Bharat Net network built under Phase-I envisages delivery of high-speed broadband services in over 2.5 lakh villages benefitting more than 200 million rural Indians.
At a function held in New Delhi, Union Minister for Communications Manoj Sinha said that the vision and the mission of the country is to connect India to realise the goal of Prime Minister’s Digital India by bridging the digital divide.
Describing the BharatNet as the world’s largest rural broadband project created on the mantra of Create, Collaborate and Conquer, Sinha said that the project will generate massive employment opportunities both direct and indirect in the country in days to come.
He underlined the need to complete the 2nd phase of the Bharat Net well before the target of March, 2019 to usher in a rural digital revolution by connecting 2 lakh and 50,000 Gram Panchayats with broadband network.
The Minister asked the officials to include and enforce the clause of financial incentive for speedy execution of Phase-2 of the project and said that the infrastructure created under BharatNet will be a national asset, accessible on a non-discriminatory basis to the service providers.
The project aims to provide affordable broadband services to citizens and institutions in rural and remote areas, in partnership with States and the private sector.
Under Phase-I of the project, till May 31, 2014 the work had been started in 4,918 GPs and 358 km Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) was pulled and only 59 GPs were made service ready. Till June 30, 2016 work had been started in 84,834 GPs and 1,24,817 km OFC pulled covering 53,557 GPs with 7,229 GPs made Service Ready. As on 31st Dec 2017, 2,54,895 km OFC has been laid covering 1,09,926 GPs out of which 1,01,370 GPs have been made Service Ready.
Speaking on the eve, Union Secretary, Department of Telecom Aruna Sundararajan said that to complete the Phase-1 of Bharat Net, the entire eco-system of the department responded to the call of the Minister Manoj Sinha.
She said that it has given boost to Make-in-India as the key highlight of the project is that the telecom equipment deployed in it has been fully designed, developed and manufactured in India.
Notably, the Chhattisgarh Government on December 30 last year had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Centre for the implementation of second phase of Bharat Net project in Naya Raipur.
Chief Minister Raman Singh on the occasion said that Chhattisgarh is entering a new era of 'Digital Revolution'.
The Chief Minister was addressing a function after signing of MoU of Bharat Net Project here between the State Government and Central Government.
Union Minister of State for Communication Manoj Sinha was the chief guest.
Singh said that Bharat Net Project will bridge the 'Digital Divide' between the rural and urban regions as 85 development blocks and 5987 gram panchayats will be connected with optical fiber network. Total investment will be about Rs 1624 crore.
At present work is in progress to link about 4K gram panchayats with optical fiber network.
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