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Bharatnet scheme – Digital Village initiative

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Introduction to Bharatnet scheme

BharatNet scheme is run by Telecom Ministry. Under this scheme, all the villages of India will be connected to the internet. In a way, this scheme is a campaign to connect the villages of India with the Internet.

BharatNet will give life to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India mission. Two and a half lakh villages have been connected under this scheme. The work is still going on.

BharatNet is a multi-pronged scheme. There are many benefits of connecting the village to the Internet. This will help in increasing employment, education, and medical e-commerce business in the village.

On 15 August 2020, the Prime Minister announced plans to connect all the villages of the country with the Internet within 1000 days. Bharatnet scheme was announced after that.

Stages of Bharatnet Scheme

So far, three phases have been fixed in this plan.

Phase I – The target of 100000 villages was set in the first phase. The last date for the first phase was December 2017. On 28 December 2017, the then Telecom Minister Shri Manoj Sinha ji informed that 101370 gram panchayats have been connected to the internet. For this optical fiber cables have been laid in all these villages.

Phase II – It was targeted by March 2019. In this phase optical fiber internet was to be provided in all the villages. In this phase, attention was also paid to increase the participation of the state governments.

The use of radio, satellite media and electric poles was also recognized for Internet service. The target of March 2019 was set to complete the second phase. Eight states have been included in the second phase.

Phase III – The target of Phase III was set from 2019 to 2023. In this phase, a target has been set to connect all the blocks with the district.

Further in this article you will get to know more about Bharat Net.

Information about the completed work

On 28 December 1917, the then Telecom Minister Shri Manoj Sinha ji informed the media about the scheme. He informed that 101370 gram panchayats have been connected with broadband connectivity. 2 lakh 54 thousand 895 km of optical fiber cables have been laid. Optical fiber cable has been shown in 1,09,926 gram panchayats.

Apart from this, on June 11, 2018, Railway Minister, Union Minister Piyush Goyal and Ravi Shankar Prasad launched schemes to strengthen CSC. Wi-Fi facility will be provided to 5000 village chaupals under CSC.

Apart from this, CSC will also be given railway ticket booking rights. For this, CSC has signed an MOU with IRCTC. All these works are being looked after under the Prime Minister’s Digital India Mission.

Preparations are on to promote CSC further. Will also act as Agent of CSC Bank in near future. Apart from this, BSc will be established as a center for Insurance, Banking and Aadhar Card. With time CSC will be linked with more facilities.

BharatNet Scheme – 2021

On June 30, 2021, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi made some improvements in the BharatNet scheme. He launched the 3P model. The 3P model means public-private-partnership. Now some private companies will also work with the government in this scheme.

Under this, work will be done under BharatNet scheme in 16 states. The government started this scheme by giving an advance contribution of Rs 19,041 crore.

In this phase, 3,61,000 villages will be linked to this scheme. The total expenditure will be Rs 29,430 crore. In this the government has contributed 19041 crores. The rest of the expenses will be borne by the private companies.

The Union Minister said that under this scheme ₹ 95000 crores would be spent in 30 years. But under the Public Private Partnership model, the government will save a lot in this.

Why is the government spending so much on planning in India?

 The Government of India is working closely with private companies on this scheme. According to the latest figures, Rs 61,109 crore has been spent so far.

The government is spending on this scheme for a specific purpose. By connecting the villages with modern technology, the government wants to connect them with modern India.

After the internet facility comes into the village, this will increase the education sector, medical e-commerce business. That is why the government is working closely with private companies on the BharatNet scheme.

Public Feedback of Bharat Net Scheme

This plan has got very good feedback. People are feeling very good by connecting with modern technology. It is a multi-pronged plan. It will have wide ranging consequences.

Due to this people are getting internet speed from 2 megabyte to 20 megabyte. This speed is justified to run any work smoothly.

CSCs will have to be strengthened so that the village gets the benefit of Digital India.

Stay connected with us for further information related to this scheme. From time to time we will keep publishing updates related to this scheme in this article.

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