According to Ravi Shankar Prasad, union minister for communications, electronics and information technology and law and justice, the government is working to provide optical fibre connection to 650,000 villages.

Further, he added that the country was kept going by the information technology (IT) mobile infrastructure during the lockdown.

Addressing a question on the National Broadband Mission (NBM), in the Lok Sabha, Prasad said that it is envisaged that the expenditure of the government through the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) is likely to be Rs 700 billion under NBM. The mission envisages covering all districts/states of the country including all districts of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.