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Focus on tribal, LWE-hit areas as Cabinet extends plans to boost rural connectivity

The Cupboard Wednesday permitted and prolonged schemes to enhance highway and telecom connectivity in villages, particularly in tribal areas and areas affected by left-wing extremism (LWE), Data and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur mentioned.

As per one of many selections, 7,287 villages from 44 aspirational districts in Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Odisha will get cellular connectivity with new telecom towers. The challenge will price Rs 6,466 crore and is anticipated to be accomplished inside 18 months.

Thakur mentioned the villages will get 4G connectivity and be capable to entry e-governance services.

Within the second determination the Cupboard permitted the continuation of the phases 1 and a couple of of the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, until September 2022 for completion of the roads and bridge works which are but to be completed underneath the primary two phases. The Cupboard Committee on Financial Affairs additionally permitted continuation of ‘Highway Connectivity Venture for Left Wing Extremism Affected Areas’ upto March 2023.

“Areas that weren’t lined for highway connectivity underneath phases 1 and section 2 of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana or the Left-Wing Extremism affected areas and the tribal areas are going to profit. Roads might be constructed by way of dense forests, mountains and rivers,” mentioned Thakur.

Thakur mentioned the 2 selections will profit most the villages which have tribal populations. He mentioned these areas are backward, rural and so distant that they’re neither related by roads nor telecom towers.

The full price of the tasks might be Rs 33,822 crore, of which the Centre will bear round Rs 22,978 crore, the minister mentioned.

Counting the fee for Section 3 of PGSY as effectively, the federal government mentioned in a press release {that a} complete of Rs. 1,12,419 crore, together with state share is more likely to be incurred from 2021-22 to 2024-25 for completion of all the continuing interventions of PMGSY.

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