According to Rajeev Chandrashekhar, Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, India’s Bharat Net initiative would connect six lakh villages to the internet by 2024.
Rajeev Chandrashekhar, speaking to reporters in Shivamogga on August 17, revealed that over 2.8 lakh villages now have access to the internet. In the subsequent years, the remaining communities will be covered. “Our goal is to provide internet access to every household,” he said; he further added that “every member of a family should be able to access the internet using a low-cost device.”
The government aims to provide an internet connection to every household and provide each family member with low-cost equipment. The central government has launched the digital village initiative, which will give better internet access to one community in each district. In India, 5,000 digital villages have been established so far.
Bharat Broadband Network Ltd is implementing it as a flagship initiative. The Government of India established this Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) under the Companies Act, 1956. In the beginning, it was overseen by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (bifurcated into Ministry of Communication and Ministry of Electronics & Information technology in 2016). This initiative is currently being implemented by the Ministry of Communications’ Department of Telecommunication.
Rajeev Chandrashekhar said six lakh villages of the country will get internet connectivity under the Bharat Net programme by 2024.
According to Mr. Chandrashekhar, the new education policy will bring about considerable improvements. Students would begin studying skills in the sixth grade. “The policy allows for higher education as well as skill training in a variety of fields. All of this is geared toward improving employability. “The most significant change that the new education strategy will bring is assuring employability,” he stated.
The government launched the National Optical Fiber Network (NOFN) in October 2011. This project was renamed Bharat Net Project in 2015.
At the media conference, Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj K.S. Eshwarappa, as well as other district elected officials and top officers, were present.