Indian telecom network Bharat Sanchal Nigam Limited (BSNL) has been authorized to connect 37,455 village panchayats in Uttar Pradesh (East) Circle under National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) project.
NOFN is a project to provide broadband connectivity via optical fibre to 2,50,000 village panchayats across India for the various services, such as e-health, e-education and e-governance etc which is Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambitious project 'Digital India'. This offers 26 e-service through state portal like application for caste certificate, income certificate, domicile certificate, birth certificate, death certificate, old age pension, family benefit scheme, etc
In UP, the project measures 582 blocks which spread over 48 districts. In first phase, the work is being carried out in 227 blocks and 14,474 village panchayats in the Circle, BSNL chief general manager UP (E) G K Upadhyay said here.
Against the targeted 5,619 village panchayats to be covered by March 2015, the work had already been completed in 600 villages, he informed.
Currently, the work is going in 36 blocks of Lucknow, Gorakhpur, Hamirpur, Mahoba, Banda, Orai, Barabanki, Basti, Hardoi, Lalitpur, Faizabad, Kanpur, Mau, Mirzapur, Rae Bareli, Pratapgarh, Sitapur, Unnao and Varanasi districts.
BSNL, RailTel and Power Grid have been selected by the Centre to use the existing optical fibre network and lay incremental fibres to connect these villages. The project in UP (E) area has been given to BSNL.
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