"It will be prime objective to take broadband connectivity to village level, in a bid to increase telecom infrastructure. Second priority is increasing rural telecom penetration from 44 percent to 100 percent in coming 3-4 years," Garg said.

He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad have assigned this task to the Department of Telecom and his main focus will be to fulfill their vision.

Garg said that DoT will overcome all hurdles in way of increasing telecom services in rural area.

"Consumers want to have telecom connectivity in every part of the country. They do not want to stay away from phone. Like it is said that every village should have road and power. Similarly, in every village not only telephone but broadband connectivity should also reach," he said.

Telephone connectivity is now no longer limited to voice but people want access to data (Internet), he said and added, "We will look at and resolve all issues hampering increase of rural telecom penetration."

Government has set target to roll-out optical fibre network in 50,000 panchayats by March 2015, another one lakh by March 2016 and all the 2.5 lakh by March 2017.

The Cabinet has already approved Rs 20,000 crore for this project in October 2011.  The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved the appointment of Garg, UP Cadre IAS, on July 12 in place of MF Farooqui who superannuated on June 30.


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