Bhubaneswar:6/10/20: The Odisha Government set the target to provide high-speed internet connectivity to all gram panchayats in the State in phases by April 2021. This was decided during the State-Level Implementation Committee meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy over digital mode from Lokseva Bhawan today.
Reviewing the progress made so far, the Chief Secretary directed officials to expedite the implementation of the Phase-II Bharat Net programme and provide connectivity to all GPs by April 2021.
He said, “The digital infrastructure will be an enabler of growth and development in the State”. A roadmap was set to give a phase-wise connection to the GPs and complete the entire process by coming April.
The Chief Secretary also directed to give Wi-Fi connectivity at the main activity points of the GPs. All Government offices including the schools, hospitals, and banks can also access the connectivity.
The Chief Secretary asked officials to ensure high bandwidth and quality connectivity in all GPs. He directed the Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water department to operationalise the internet points at the GPs as and when the connections are available.
Development Commissioner Suresh Chandra Mohapatra advised to put in place a definite proactive system for regular maintenance and upkeep of the infrastructure including cables for ensuring uninterrupted connectivity.