Union IT minister announces Rs 10,000 crore connectivity programme for NE states

GUWAHATI: Union IT minister on Saturday unveiled the vision document for ‘Digital Northeast 2022‘ at an event in the city. He announced that the connectivity programme for northeastern states will entail inflow of nearly Rs 10,000 crore from the Centre through over 400 programmes expected to be rolled out in the next four years. The investments relate to enhancing telecom infrastructure, setting up BPOs, boosting electronics manufacturing and giving a push to digital payments, start-ups and cyber security, according to the Union minister.
The vision document, aimed at empowering people of the northeast by implementing digital initiatives was released in the presence of chief minister , CM and Tripura CM Biplab Deb.

The initiative is aimed at enhancing the ease of living, capacity-building of government staff and doubling BPO strength in the region, Prasad said. “This is the first time that the central government has conducted an in-depth analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the various states in the northeastern region before finalising a comprehensive investment programme as part of the ‘Digital North-East Vision 2022‘,” IT and law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

According to the vision document, mobile connectivity will be provided in all uncovered villages, high-speed broadband connectivity shall be provided to local bodies, the number of seats planned for BPOs in the region will be doubled from 5,000 to 10,000 and digital classrooms will be set up at six medical colleges.

The Union minister also laid the foundation stone of National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology in Guwahati. He also inaugurated a BPO Unit for Majuli.

The vision document identifies eight digital thrust areas – digital infrastructure, digital services, digital empowerment, promotion of electronics manufacturing, promotion of IT, digital payments, innovation & startups and cyber security.

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