With an aim to make India gain a place among the world’s largest connected countries, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has organised a workshop on the theme “Connecting all Indians” to brainstorm a roadmap to boost internet penetration in currently uncovered villages and towns across the country.
The workshop witnessed the participation of both public and private stakeholders including the big telecoms and internet service providers Reliance Jio, Airtel, officials from the Ministry and the Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications.
During the workshop, the BharatNet project was also reviewed eyeing the vision of the Prime Minister of India to have the world’s largest fibre-based rural broadband connectivity. The deliberations at the workshop shed light on strategies to immediately cover the left out geographies and regions.
Union Minister of State for MeitY Rajiv Chandrashekhar chaired the workshop. While setting the tone of the discussions, Chandrashekhar laid out the objectives of the present government to connect all Indians with open safe and trusted and accountable internet. The Minister said, “It is PM Modi’s vision through Digital India to empower all citizens with the power of the internet and to simultaneously expand digital economy and jobs.”
The workshop opened the platform for all the participating stakeholders from the public and the private sector to put forward their vantage points on strategising for expanding the internet penetration to remote corners of the country.