Government of India has been taking measures to provide connectivity in the far flung, difficult, border areas of strategic importance, so as to ensure better quality of life to the people as well as to those who are working in these areas. A tender for 354 uncovered villages in the strategic, remote and border areas of the country has been finalised. The programme is already under implementation in 144 villages of the the union territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh and remaining villages in the states of Bihar, Rajasthan, Uttrakhand, Himachal Pradesh and other priority areas of Gujarat. These villages have been strategically chosen to cover border area connectivity on mobile. After commissioning of these villages, there will be no uncovered villages in UTs of J&K, Ladakh for mobile connectivity, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister of Electronics, IT & Communications said Monday.
Speaking to media after the inauguration of a 2,300 km submarine Optical Fiber Cable between Chennai and Andaman Nicobar Islands at a cost of Rs.1,224 crore by Prime Minister Narendra Modi; the minister further told that Department of Telecommunications was also working on providing mobile connectivity in villages of 24 aspirationsal districts of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh and remaining 44 aspirational districts for 7,287 uncovered villages in Chhatisgarh, Odisha, Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh would also be covered for which government approval is under submission.