MOST PANCHAYATS IN BIHAR CONNECTEDW ITH HIGH-SPEED BROADBAND: MINISTER

All 8,743 panchayats in Bihar, except a few, have been connected with the high-speed broadband network under BharatNet, Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Tuesday. Speaking at a programme, he said only 10-12 panchayats could not be connected due to their location in forest areas

By Sandeep Joshi, Sept. 16, 2020

NEW DELHI: All 8,743 panchayats in Bihar, except a few, have been connected with the high-speed broadband network under BharatNet, Union Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said and added that only 10-12 panchayats could not be connected due to their location in forest areas.

There were 4.2 crore mobile phone users in 2014-15 in Bihar which has increased to 6.21 crore in August this year, while the number of internet users was 80 lakh in 2014-15 but now it has increased to 3.93 crore, he said. Mr Prasad said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi believes in promoting and building both the physical and digital infrastructure of the country.

There are around 35,000 Common Service Centre (CSC) in the state that along with the postal service have delivered hundreds of crores of rupees to the poor people during the lockdown, the minister added.

Mr Prasad was speaking at a function where Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated and laid foundation stones for seven urban infrastructure projects worth Rs 541 crore in the poll- bound state via video conference. Several schemes and projects have been undertaken to build urban infrastructure in Bihar with the prime minister unveiling various schemes, he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been saying that development of every region of the country is necessary for inclusive growth and it includes eastern India and the Northeast and Bihar, which is one of the big states in the East, he said, mentioning the Rs 1.25 lakh crore package for the state and development of rail infrastructure.

Mr Prasad, who represents the Patna Sahib Lok Sabha constituency, expressed happiness on the inauguration of two Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) — one in Beur and another in Karmalichak in the state capital.


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