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Lucknow, July 17: Broadband service will be available in all villages of Uttar Pradesh by the year 2022. For this, the government has given instructions to make a detailed plan.
In view of this, State Chief Secretary Rajendra Kumar Tiwari also held the first meeting of the State Broadband Committee (SBC) on Friday and asked the officials to work out a detailed plan and submit it soon.
Chief Secretary Tiwari directed that under the National Broadband Mission (NBM), a detailed plan should be prepared soon by providing gram broadband service to all the villages of Uttar Pradesh by the year 2022.
He also instructed that the investment friend portal should be used for the timely disposal of applications for laying underground cables and tower installations and offline application forms should also be fed on this portal. For effective implementation of NBM at district level, a committee should be constituted at district level and a Nodal Officer should be nominated.
In the first meeting of the SBC constituted for the effective implementation and monitoring of the NBM in the office hall at Lok Bhawan, the Chief Secretary said that to prevent the damage to the underground cable from road cutting, a map of the inserted cable on roadside should be made available to the concerned executive body so that it can be coordinated with the working organization before starting work on the respective routes.
He said that the list of districts where 100% broadband connectivity has been completed should be made available to the concerned departments including Health, Education, Police, Panchayati Raj so that the departments can get the connection from the service provider as per the requirement.
It is noteworthy that the National Broadband Mission has been started by the Central Government. Under this mission, a target has been set to ensure availability of high speed broadband service in the entire country including rural and remote areas by the year 2022.
Under this, 50 lakh kilometers of optical fiber cable will be laid and the towers density will be increased from 0.42 to 1.0 per 1000 population.
With this mission, the reach of government schemes in rural areas will be easy and effective and the quality of mobile and internet services will also be improved.
For the effective implementation and monitoring of this mission in UP, a state broadband committee has been formed under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary, in which the principal secretary or secretary of IT and Electronics, Town Development, Public Works, Panchayati Raj, Forest and Environment Department has been appointed as a member and senior Deputy Director General Telecommunication Department have been included as member secretaries.
On the other hand, Chief General Manager, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, Chief General Manager Bharat Broadband Corporation Limited, representatives of the Cellular Operation Association of India (COAI) and representatives of Tower and Infrastructure Providers Association (TIPA) have been included as special invitees.
Today’s meeting was attended by Additional Chief Secretary IT and Electronics Alok Kumar, Principal Secretary Forest and Environment Sudhir Garg, Special Secretary IT and Electronics Rishirendra Kumar and other members of the committee.