At a time when the Centre is pushing for a cashless economy, lack of seamless internet connectivity, network congestion and other glitches have been constant spoilers while making digital payments. In an attempt to tackle the problem, the state government has asked leading telecom players to ensure seamless cellular and internet connectivity in rural areas also.

"The state government is very bullish on enabling a cashless economy with the aid of digital transactions. This, in turn, requires setting up of networks in rural areas. Also, telecom firms should ensure seamless internet connectivity in both urban and rural areas," said Rajive Gulati, assistant general manager, Haryana State Electronics Development Corporation Ltd.

The government has launched a cashless campaign in a bid to enable villagers to make digital payments. The drive has already launched in one village per district.

The lack of seamless internet and mobile connectivity was discussed in the meeting held in Chandigarh last week between the telecom players and the state government. According to sources, representatives of leading telecom players, including Reliance Jio, Idea and Airtel, attended the meeting.

An official at Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) said one of the biggest challenges remains availability of space forsetting up towers as there are a lot of speculations and concerns among thepeople on the hazardous effects of telecom towers. - TOI