Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on June 28 announced that the Centre has provided an additional outlay of more than Rs 19,000 crore for its Bharat Net Project.
This outlay will “enable extension of Bharat Net broadband connectivity to all remaining villages,” the finance minister said.
As of date, over 1.56 lakh out of 2.5 lakh gram panchayats are already connected or service-ready, she added.
The announcement was part of the slew of relief measures announced by Sitharaman today amid the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Of these 8 were relief measures, wherein 4 are “absolutely new”. She added that there is also another set of 8 items pertaining to growth, exports and employees – of which 6 are new.