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Involve MPs for setting up Wi-Fi in gram panchayats: Par panel

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology, chaired by Anurag Thakur, has asked the (DoT) to involve members of Parliament for setting up hotspots in village panchayats.

The panel in its report tabled in Parliament today recommended that specific emphasis should be given for setting up of hotspots in gram panchayats (GPs) under Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY).

The committee also recommended that while setting up hotspots emphasis should also be given to participation of village level entrepreneurs (VLEs) so as to generate employment and revenue for them in the rural areas.

The DoT has already awarded task to set up Wi-Fi hotspots in 25,000 in UP and 3,243 in to the CSC-SPV which manages common services centres (CSCs) to provide in rural areas.

special purpose vehicle allocates CSCs as franchisee to VLEs who operate them.

"The committee also recommended that the department should also make an impact assessment study wherever connectivity has been provided and associate local MPs with this initiative," the report said.

Wi-Fi services of all 10,000 in are being covered by government.

"Further, at 5,298 GPs which are planned to be covered on satellite media, Wi-Fi services will also be provided by the agency which is implementing to the GPs," the report said.

In addition to this, the DoT submitted to the the panel that public Wi-Fi hotspots are being set up by BSNL at its 25,000 in rural areas and Wifi Choupals are to be set up in 5,000 GPs by CSC-SPV under and

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First Published: Tue, August 07 2018. 22:35 IST