STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

India May Have 50 Crore Internet Subscribers Next Year: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Ravi Shankar Prasad said the government will connect 2.5 lakh gram panchayats with optic fibre in coming years.

Published: 29th December 2015 05:11 PM  |   Last Updated: 29th December 2015 05:11 PM   |  A+A-

Ravi Shankar Prasad_PTI

PTI/File

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today said Internet subscribers may reach the 50 crore mark in the country next year.

"India currently has 40 crore Internet subscribers. Earlier, I have said about the target to reach 50 crore users in two years but now it looks that the 50 crore mark is likely vto be achieved next year," Prasad said during a discussion on

"Integration of SC/ST entrepreneurs: Digital and Skill India" here.

Speaking about the 'Digital India' programme, he said the government will connect 2.5 lakh gram panchayats with optic fibre in coming years.

He also spoke on the concept of 'digital village', where one block in every state will be selected to ensure that technology can be used to deliver education and healthcare services.

Under digital village, the focus will be upon four things - e-education, telemedicine having linkage of primary health centres with district hospital, resource centre as a virtual classroom including training in all gap areas and LED light at the centre of village along with wi-fi, he added.

Stay up to date on all the latest Business news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp