In the meeting of the Union, Cabinet held on Wednesday, the Viability Gap Funding of Rs 19,041 crore was approved for BharatNet in 16 states of the country. The Union Cabinet approved the BharatNet implementation strategy through the PPP model to provide broadband internet facilities to villages in 16 states of the country.
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the government has taken a historic decision in this direction to reach every village on the information highway. On August 15, from the ramparts of the Red Fort, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced that in 1000 days, six lakh villages would get optical fiber broadband through BharatNet.
Prasad said that today an important decision has been taken in this direction. We have reached 1.56 lakh gram panchayats. The country's 2.5 lakh gram panchayats were to be connected with optical fiber. Today, we have approved Bharat Net through PPP model in 16 states of the country at a total cost of Rs 29,432 crore.