Along with rest of the country, the entire Northeastern region will be connected with internet over the next two years. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has written a letter to all Chief Ministers, whereas telecom secretary has written to the Chief Secretaries asking for details regarding the villages that are still deprived of IT facility.

Disclosing this in New Delhi, Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha has said that his department has taken the lead in this connection. “It is our aim under the digital Indian mission to take all IT facility to the remotest area of the country,” said Sinha. Under the Universal Services Obligation (USO) fund, the department of telecom has been working to bring high-speed broadband toevery village in the country by 2018.

“The government is working to bring the game-changing impact of technology to all our six lakh villages and the optical fiber network to all rural areas,” said a senior official in the department of telecom. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, during budget presentation, has said that the government would allocate Rs 10,000 crore to expand the Bharat Net project in 2017-18 for high-speed broadband. Significantly, Bharat Net was rebranded from the previous National Optic Fiber Network (NOFN) project in 2015, and aims to cover a total of 2.5 lakh village panchayats. The Bharat Net project is funded under the USOF that set up in 2012 for providing telecom services in rural areas at subsidized rate. – Sentinel Assam