New Telecom Policy to be developed by Government of India

The Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology, Shakeel Ahmad has stated that the Government has proposed to develop a new National Telecom Policy.

The planned policy would to be a comprehensive one, encompassing various aspects of the Telecom sector, including, access, spectrum allocation, technology, telecom equipment manufacturing, R and D, deregulation, further simplification, value added services and quality of service. Under the Bharat Nirman Programme, about 8,293 Village Public Telephones (VPTs) in Madhya Pradesh have been provided under the programme, on this scheme INR 11.79 crore has been incurred; remaining 3,601 eligible unconnected villages of Madhya Pradesh would be provided with VPTs by November 2007.