New Delhi: The government on Wednesday approved the proposal to run the BharatNet project through Public Private Partnership (PPP) for expansion of broadband service network in underprivileged villages in 16 states. To make the project practical, the government has sanctioned an assistance of Rs 19,041 crore. Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad gave this information after the meeting. He said that on August 15, 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced to connect six lakh villages of the country with broadband services within one thousand days. It was only after this announcement that it was decided to include private sector companies in the scheme.
The 16 states where broadband service is to be expanded are Kerala, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland and Arunachal Regions included.