Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw, Minister of Railways, Communications and Electronics & Information Technology announced this at the IMC 2022 session “Digital India Conference of State IT Ministers” held at Pragati Maidan, October 1-4, 2022.
“Connectivity is vital for Digital India and its reach to every corner of the country. We have approved Rs 26,000 crore to install new 25,000 towers in next 500 days.”
On the first day, the detailed discussions on key priority areas of Digital India initiatives were held with States and Union Territories under the chairmanship of the Minister for Communications, Electronics & Information Technology and Railways, Ashwini Vaishnaw. It was graced by Minister of State for Electronics & Information Technology and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Rajeev Chandrasekhar and Minister of state for Communications, Devusinh Chauhan and IT Ministers from 12 States and UTs, namely Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Goa, Manipur, Uttarakhand, Telangana, Mizoram, Sikkim, and Puducherry.
In his concluding remarks, Ashwini Vaishnaw stated that the connectivity is vital for the Digital India and its reach to every corner of the country. He announced that Rs 26,000 crore has been approved to install new 25,000 towers in next 500 days. He congratulated all States and UTs for their speedy onboarding at PM Gati Shakti. He also shared that the special assistance to States for capital expenditure worth Rs 2000 Crore has been supported. He encouraged the States to be proactive and make business friendly policies to attract businesses in their States. Emphasizing on the motto of Sabka Saath and Sabka Vikas, he stated that the commitments from all States and UTs, large as well as small States, are vital in taking Digital India to higher level and in realizing the AatmaNirbhar Bharat and Trillion Dollar Digital Economy.