The directions came at a high-level meeting chaired PM Modi yesterday in which he reviewed the progress of digital and rural infrastructure, besides connectivity.

"The Prime Minister expressed serious concern over the issue of call drops and asked officials as to what steps are being taken to address this problem, which, he said, directly affects the common man,” an official statement by the Prime Minister's Office today cited.

"He directed that steps be taken urgently to resolve the problem, and also to ensure that the problems in voice connectivity do not extend to data connectivity in future," it added.

PM Modi was apprised of the status of mobile connectivity across the country. He also asked officials to explore the possibility of leveraging existing resources, including railway and other communication infrastructure, to provide mobile connectivity in remote, unconnected areas.

"He emphasised that targets for digital infrastructure should be synchronised with the targets for the Digital India initiative," the statement read. Also, the Prime Minister sought details from officials on preparations for providing electricity to all unconnected villages in the country within 1,000 days, as mentioned in his Independence Day address.

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