‘Digital India’ to penetrate into gram panchayats in Karnataka
The ‘Digital India’ programme is all set to penetrate into gram panchayata in Karnataka. Around 5,807 gram panchayats including block headquarters in the state will be equipped with rural Broadband Network Limited (BBNL) under the ‘Digital India’ – BharatNet Fibre project.
The centre-state initiative is likely to be completed by the end of the year. The project will be focussing on e-governance, e-health, e-education, e-governance, e-banking and internet services to rural India under the Digital India programme.
Four gram panchayats – Ragihalli, Basaralu, Satyamangala and Attigulipura, have been selected for demonstration purpose where the working of e-governance, e-education and e-health were demonstrated to students and the public who visited gram panchayats were demonstrated.
As per the Press Information Bureau release : “Under the project, Optical Line Terminals (OLTs) and Optical Network Terminals (ONTs) have already been set up in several districts. Belgaum has the highest number (32) of Optical Line Terminals and 274 Optical Network Terminals installed in the state. A total of 117 OLTs and 902 ONTs have been set up across the state until June 6, 2015.” The project has set a target of providing optical fibre connectivity to 2.5 lakh gram panchayats in the country.