The Government in a statement said, that it will make sure that mobile connectivity reaches 55,000 villages in the next five years. The Government has also assigned the fund of Rs 20,000 crore for this initiative through the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF). The authority feels that it is important for the internet facility to reach villages as it will help the people in mobile banking.
As reported by PTI, the Communications and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “Smartphones has become an important part of our lives. For example, I have seen people at the airport showing their tickets on their smartphones instead of a printed ticket.” He also added that, the broadband connectivity will also improve the reach of e-commerce to the rural parts of the country. He also feels that e-commerce is the next big thing and people living in villages can fulfil their aspirations through it. With the help of broadband connectivity the rural parts will also be connected. Moreover, it will also help in generating jobs for the rural youth.
Talking at a conference Prasad also stated that, the Digital India concept being given highest priority by the Prime Minister, in the days to come, the low key department of IT in the states would soon be a high profile department, acting as a most important driver of change in Digital India.