Jammu: Stating that each village will be connected with optical fibre which will provide high speed internet, Union Minister of State for Communications, Devusinh Chauhan on Thursday said that the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has approved a special plan under which every village will be covered with 4G mobile services by the end of this year.
Chairing a meeting of officers of postal and telecom department to review the functioning and progress of postal and telecom services, the Union Minister on the last leg of his two day public outreach programme in Udhampur was presented a detailed PowerPoint Presentation on status of BSNL 4G saturation project like FTTH, utilization of Bharat net network, coverage of gram panchayats, special pilot for FTTH growth in villages using Bharat net network through Bharat Net Udyami, development projects being undertaken to provide internet connectivity in J&K, constraints and requirements of J&K circle for successful rollout of 4G saturation project.
He was apprised of utilization of Bharat net in which 115 locations have been identified in Udhampur district, so far.
He added that the Department of Posts has made a plan under which each village will have banking facilities within 5 km of its periphery.
While reviewing the progress of postal services in the district, PostMaster General, Jammu Region, briefed the Union Minister about the functioning of the postal department.
The Union Minister stressed upon the need to take all requisite measures to improve the postal services with special focus on far flung and remote areas.
Referring to mobile connectivity, the Union Minister said that the government is committed to provide mobile connectivity in every village in this modern era.
The Union Minister lauded the efforts of the district administration in effective implementation of different centrally sponsored public oriented schemes in the district.
Chauhan also convened a meeting with the District Development Councils and Block Development Councils at Patnitop.
During the interaction, DDCs and BDCs projected several issues and demands which inter alia included tourism promotion, establishment of KV school at Ramnagar and Narsoo, functioning of Ultrasound and X-Ray machine in Sub District Hospital Ramnagar, mobile network problem in different blocks, dilapidated condition of Udhampur–Chenani road, unscheduled power cuts, scarcity of drinking water supply, installation of signal towers, pending liabilities under MGNREGA, shifting of pollution emitting units from industrial area, road connectivity to people of Satta and Basmani, upgradation of post office Ghordi, speedy completion of Mall Kud road and free wifi in government schools,
While responding to demands of PRIs, the Union Minister assured that all these will be fulfilled on priority basis. Later, the Union Minister visited local areas including Sanasar and inspected the ongoing development projects and flagship schemes there.
He also inspected ongoing tile works, flower valley, face lifting, existing fountain with laser sound system at Patnitop and ongoing up gradation work on Bus stand, Sanasar.
Earlier, the Deputy Commissioner briefed the Union Minister about the ongoing developmental works in the area.