Mumbai: The Maharashtra Government has set up 11-member Broadband Mission committee chaired by the chief secretary to bridge the digital divide make broadband services accessible and affordable to all citizens of the country. In all, 63,663 villages in the state are anticipated to have access to broadband speeds by 2022. This will incorporate the accessibility of high broadband speeds, accelerated fiberisation, upgraded network, and made strides in the quality of service by expanding tower density and rollout of 5G network and reinforcing of 4G network.

The state Director Information Technology Ranjit Kumar said, “For effective implementation of the mission and proliferation of broadband, the state broadband committee has been formed.” He also added that the state broadband committee will exhort either suo moto or on a request from the Governing Council or Steering Committee, on things related to the achievement of the objectives of the mission concerning the state. It’ll encourage the execution of the rules issued by the Governing Council or Controlling Committee, empowering the development of broadband services for the socio-economic development of the state.

“Maharashtra government has taken a slew of initiatives to promote digital connectivity and, thereby, bridge the digital divide between rural and urban as well as rich and poor. As per the mission, the state government will leverage BharatNet to provide connectivity to development institutions, such as hospitals, police stations, panchayat offices, schools and colleges and anganwadis, amongst others, from the BharatNet network. This initiative will go a long way in the delivery of e-governance services, such as e-health, e-education, e-commerce, and cashless transactions in rural areas,’’ he noted.

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The committee will address all things with respect to Broadband Readiness Index (BRI), counting checking and assessing the work of the mission relating to the state. The Department of Information Technology Officer said that the central government has set up a National Broadband Mission to promote digital network, e-governance, transparency, monetary consideration, and ease of doing business. For India, network is the key prerequisite overall infrastructure segments, such as water, power, communication, gas, highways, ports, and airports.