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7 lakh km optical fiber cable to be laid within 3 yrs in India

New Delhi: One of the India’s core strength the Information Technology is sought to be taken to new heights.  Midway through the year the new Government came in and shifted gears to fast track usage of all technologies including the Information Technology.  The Digital India is to be an overarching Programme for empowering people. E-governance is to be hallmark for good governance. Steps have been initiated to connect over 2.5 lakh Gram Panchayats by laying about 7 lakh kilometers of optical fiber cable in the next three years. Over 1,13,000 crore rupees is expected to be spent on the programme over next 5 years. Launching the National Digital Literacy Mission in August this year, the Prime Minister had said that a digital revolution was about to begin. Modi went on to say that his vision of a `digital` India encompasses a time when the common man is able to track the government`s work from his mobile phone.  There is the Digital Saksarat Abhiyaan (DISA) to make 42.5 lakh people digitally literate. A scheme for the purpose was approved on 9.12.14 under Digital India. Out of the total target, 4 lakh candidates are to be trained by Industry, NGOs and others through their own resources/under CSR and remaining 38.5 lakh candidates would be supported by Government. Various applications of IT have started to be introduced. Jeevan Pramaan is one such application for biometric identification system for pensioners and biometric attendance for government employees. The Jeevan Praman was also launched by the Prime Minister indicating the importance that the Government is giving to the sector. Another area that a new focus was laid was Electronic manufacturing. Electronics Manufacturing Clusters (EMC) Scheme now provides financial assistance for creating world-class infrastructure for electronics manufacturing units and Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (M-SIPS) provides financial incentives to offset disability and attract investments in the manufacturing of electronics products (including telecom).  Electronic Development Fund to promote Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM)has been set up Promotion of Electronic Manufacturing Clusters: foundation stone laid at Bhopal and Jabalpur. In principle approval given to 16 more clusters. Giving importance to the skill development in Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) sector, the Prime Minister again took time to lay foundation stone for National Institute for Electronics & Information Technology (NIELIT) center Ranchi. Again at the initiative of the Prime Minister a High Level Task Force headed by the former Cabinet Secretary Shri T.S.R. Subramaniam was constituted to propose for revitalization of the Department of Posts. As a part of the modernization of the Department Selection of vendor for supply of hardware connectivity and services to about 1,30,000 rural post offices has been completed and Letter of Intent (LoI) issued to the selected bidder.

About Sanjay Trivedi

Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He also served as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University.

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