Cabinet Approves Broadband Connectivity to Panchayats
The Union Cabinet has given a final nod to roll out National Optical Fiber Network (NOFN) for providing broadband connectivity to district/block HQ’S level to the gram panchayat. As per the scheme, a sum of 20,000 crore would be invested in the initial phase by utilizing the USOF. A similar investment is likely to be made by the private sector complementing the NOFN infrastructure while providing services to individual users. NOFN will strengthen economic developments through additional employment, e-education, e-agriculture, etc, and will help in reduction of migration of rural population to urban areas.