The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) organised a workshop titled “Connecting all Indians” with a view to make India one of the largest connected countries of the world. The workshop was attended by both public and private stakeholders including largest internet service providers in the country – Jio, Airtel, officials from MeitY and the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Ministry of Communications, to discuss a roadmap to accelerate internet access in currently underserved and uncovered villages and towns of the country.
The rural broadband connectivity project BharatNet was also reviewed during the workshop. It deliberated upon strategies to immediately cover left out geographies and regions/villages.
The workshop was chaired by the Minister of State for Electronics and IT, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, who laid out the objectives of the present government to connect all Indians with open, safe, trusted and accountable internet. This strategy workshop offered an open platform for both the public and private stakeholders to share their views on achieving universal internet coverage.