India to be 97% broadband enabled by 2012

The Planning Commission of India has disclosed its 11th five year plan for 2008-2012, in which it claimed that 97 percent population will be broadband enabled.

While addressing at the ASSOCHAM Focus conference in New Delhi, the Planning Commission Member Secretary Raajeva Ratna Shah stated that the government along with NASSCOM and private industry will set up IIIT's (Indian Institute of Information Technology) in various parts of the country for which the Planning Commission has already made a provision of INR 100 crores. The government will ensure broadband accessibility to almost every citizen in countryside, covering 97 per cent of its geographical area by 2012. The National Development Council has approved two policies for this project. Digital content should be created for rural areas in local language in tandem with their standard of living and work environment.