Broadband will create pool of skilled youth in villages: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Broadband will not only provide facilities in the villages but will also create a big pool of skilled youth in the village economy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, emphasising on the digital connectivity.

Rural digital connectivity is no longer mere aspiration but has become a necessity, the Prime Minister said while addressing a post-budget webinar.

He further said that broadband will enable expanding the service sector to rural areas, facilitating economic growth as well.

Modi stressed on the need to identify problems in optical fiber connectivity in order to chalk out solutions to address the issues.

The Union Budget 2022-23 has proposed to allocate 5% of annual collections under the USOF to promote R&D and commercialisation of technologies and solutions in order to enable affordable broadband and mobile services proliferation in rural and remote areas.

Moreover, it has also been proposed to cover all villages on optical fiber network by 2025.