Digital Expressway: 50 towers a day for 500 days

Digital Expressway: 50 towers a day for 500 days

$Trillion digital economy, 1 crore jobs in 4 yrs

Telecom and Digital Data Protection Bills coming, Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw seeks suggestions

NEW DELHI, Oct 3 (The CONNECT) – The government plans to aggressively improve digital connectivity with an investment of Rs 36,000 to install 25,000 telecom towers in next 500 days.

The list of spots for installing towers has been prepared in consultation with the States which can further review the list, Minister of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) Ashwini Vaishnaw said.

Addressing the Digital India Conference of State IT Ministers, Vaishnaw said that focus is on creating employment, achieving target of 1 Trillion-Dollar Digital Economy and 1 Crore Digital Jobs by 2026. He also said that coming up with the new policies namely Telecom Bill and Digital Data Protection Bill and States are encouraged to share their constructive suggestions.

The Minister announced that Rs 1.64 lakh crore will be used for revival of BSNL in a comprehensive manner and it will be rolled out in next 18 months.

Design in India and Make-In-India will be big beneficiary. He congratulated all States and UTs for their speedy onboarding at PM Gati Shakti.

He also announced that the fibre network will be put on a common portal, which will help States and UTs to plan layout driven infrastructure projects, and digital transformational projects.

He informed that the policy related matter are being determined in due consultation with States. He also shared that the special assistance to States for capital expenditure worth Rs 2000 Crore has been supported. He encouraged the States to be proactive and make business friendly policies to attract businesses in their States.

Emphasizing on the moto of Sabka Saath and Sabka Vikas, he stated that the commitments from all States and UTs, large as well as small States, are vital in taking Digital India to higher level and in realizing the AatmaNirbhar Bharat and Trillion Dollar Digital Economy.

The Digital India Conference of State IT Ministers, along with the sixth edition of India Mobile Congress (IMC 2022), was held on 1st October, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. Industry veterans such as Mukesh Ambani from Reliance Industries, Sunil Bharti Mittal from Bharti Enterprises and Kumar Mangalam Birla from Aditya Birla Group, and several other dignitaries attended event. It saw the national launch of 5G, exhibitions, and unveiling of several 5G use cases in education, health, worker safety, smart agriculture, etc.

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