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Every village in JK to get Internet this year

Jammu, January 19

The Jamp;K government plans to connect all villages with Internet this year as only 100 of them are left without connectivity. Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta chaired a meeting of the UT Broadband Committee to review the implementation of National Broadband Mission (NBM) in which administrative secretaries of the Forest and IT Department, along with officials from the Department of Telecom, and the BSNL participated.

The meeting was informed that the National Broadband Mission (NBM) is fast-tracking the growth of digital communication infrastructure to bridge the digital divide and facilitate digital empowerment and inclusion, while focusing on affordable and universal access of broadband.

The Chief Secretary asked the Department of Telecommunications to reconcile the data on unconnected villages with the deputy commissioners concerned and, by referring to the village maps already uploaded on land records portal of the UT, to ensure that all unconnected villages are brought on the digital network by the end of this financial year. “A Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) agreement has been signed to provide mobile coverage in 88 uncovered villages,” Mehta added.

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